Revitalization, repair of Maytum/Reed/McEwen Plaza underway

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The State University of New York at Fredonia is improving the look and accessibility of campus, while preserving the vision of campus architect I.M. Pei and Partners, by initiating a major renovation of the plaza outside Maytum Hall, McEwen Hall and Reed Library. 

The Maytum/Reed/McEwen Plaza will receive a thorough renovation that will repair the concrete while increasing the safety and functionality of the area. Pavers around the outside of the second floor of Reed Library and McEwen Hall will be replaced, while the steps that lead to the area on both sides will be repaired. Additional handrails will be installed on the steps, and the concrete paving replaced along the entire ground-level portion of the plaza. The work will also repair concrete in the amphitheatre. A ramp will be added to the amphitheatre for improved stage access. 

Lighting will be added throughout the plaza area, including on handrails. Additional electrical outlets will be installed, to allow more functions to be held in the space. 

The project will require fencing around the area, which has been installed this week. The contractors awarded the project will then establish an access road within the quad between Maytum/Reed and Mason halls extending from Symphony Circle to McEwen Hall. The creation of the access road will require two installed pieces of artwork in the area to be moved. SUNY Fredonia has consulted with the original artists on the appropriate handling of each piece to ensure they are protected and preserved. “Popeye,” the red circular sculpture between Maytum Hall and Rockefeller Arts Center, will be disassembled and placed in storage until the project is completed, while “Stockpiles” will be moved to another visible location on campus. 

Due to the size and scope of the project, the renovation of the Maytum/Reed/McEwen Plaza will take approximately two years to complete. The total cost of the project is $5,300,000. This Capital Plan Project is funded through the State University Construction Fund.

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