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ADA Entrance Redesign Construction Project

Construction began on July 9, 2019 to redesign the entrance of the Behrakis Student Center (SC Building) located at 100 Elliott St., Haverhill, to include an ADA accessible entrance. The project started with the removal of trees and installation of temporary construction fencing.

Please Note: The Behrakis Student Center entrance off of College Avenue (closest the main college entrance) will be closed to pedestrian traffic until further notice. Please plan to use the Behrakis Student Center entrance that faces the library (A Building). It may be more convenient to park in parking lot #3 than parking lot #2 to access this entrance.

Please check back for ongoing updates.

Update: October 8, 2019

National Grid’s latest estimate to relocate the natural gas line at the Student Center ramp project continues to be 2 to 4 weeks. The contractor, Campbell Construction, is involved in other projects and even if the best case scenario of two weeks were to come about they would not be able to start the project immediately. The decision has been made to suspend the project for the winter and resume in the spring.

In the meantime, Campbell Construction will be backfilling the construction site, for safety reasons, as it’s not prudent to leave the excavation site open during this period. The contractor will also be removing all of their heavy equipment for other projects and cleaning up the construction “lay-down” area in the parking lot.

This entrance to the Student Center will continue to be closed during this period although the parking area will be open.

Update: October 4, 2019

National Grid’s latest estimate for moving the natural gas line is 2 to 4 weeks. This brings the project into the time of year where pouring concrete becomes a concern due to the low temperatures that can effect concrete. The contractor, Campbell Construction, is planning on back filling the construction hole for safety reasons, and if National Grid gives the go-ahead and weather permits, will attempt to restart the project. Campbell Construction has indicated that based on all the factors and their experience, most likely the project will not restart until the spring.

Update: September 24, 2019

The delay in the construction progress has been the relocation of the natural gas line, which is the main-line feeding the campus. National Grid has received the Professional Engineer’s (PE) stamped design that is needed to proceed. Permitting and scheduling of the gas line relocation is now proceeding and National Grid has indicated that construction could continue in mid-October.

Update: August 22, 2019

National Grid is 2-3 months out from relocating the natural gas main, which is holding up the ramp portion of the Student Center ADA Entrance project. The construction contractor (Campbell Construction) and engineering team (CGKV) have agreed to change plans and work on the parking lot and walkway portion of the project.  If this area is completed before National Grid relocates the gas line, the contractor will pull back his equipment until the job site is ready for the ramp work. When the contractor re-mobilizes, they will be given another area of the parking lot to use as their laydown area as they do not want to use the freshly paved and painted areas that they are currently using as a laydown area.
The contractor will be providing a new schedule within the next several days, which will be posted on this webpage.

Update: August 21, 2019

The ADA ramp project is still on hold pending the relocation of the natural gas line. National Grid has identified this as a main line, therefore will need the attention of National Grid’s and the State’s engineers. The lead time for this process is two to three months. This is an unfortunate situation but the lack of “as-built” drawings for the engineers during the design phase made identifying the exact location of this gas main very difficult. The contractor will most likely recall some of their equipment for other projects during this down time. Once National Grid has determined their course of action an update on this webpage will be provided.

Update: July 18, 2019

If you have noticed the lack of activity on the Student Center Entrance Re-design Project (Behrakis Student Center Construction) it is due to the need to relocate utility lines before moving to the next step of the project – Foundation / Footings. The contractor, Campbell Construction is working with National Grid to get these lines moved. We appreciate your patience during the construction project.

Behrakis Student Center Construction Upgrade Schedule

Behrakis Student Center Construction Upgrade Schedule

You can also view this construction upgrade schedule in graphic form (PDF)


Five Days: TBD

Clear and Grub

Two days: TBD

Demolition of Concrete

Two days: TBD

Utility Work

Two days: TBD

Foundation / Footings

Ten days: TBD

Backfill Compaction

Five days: TBD


Fourteen days: TBD


Two days: TBD


Five days: TBD

Close Out

Five days: TBD

Architectural Renderings of the Student Center Ramp Design Options

Architectural Renderings of the Student Center Ramp Design Options


Behrakis Student Center Construction Photos

The Haverhill Campus Student Center Front Entrance (side view) with chain link fence blocking entry to the stairs

The Haverhill Campus Student Center Front Entrance with two large construction vehicles in front of the stairs.

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