By Molly Igoe
Elm Staff Writer
Progress is steadily being made on the new academic building that will house multiple departments at Washington College, and will be replacing the old Kent County Board of Education building at 215 Washington Ave. Ground was broken on Jan. 17 and that everything is going smoothly and as planned.
Reid Raudenbush, director of the physical plant, said, “[it was] full speed ahead,” in regards to the pre-renovation process. The project should be completed within the proposed timeline.
More details have emerged about the upcoming demolition process, including the construction company in charge of the project. Whitting-Turner Construction from Baltimore has been named as construction manager and will oversee the whole project.
Raudenbush mentioned that the school has received a demolition and construction permit from Chestertown, which is a crucial step. There will be a hygienist on site who will be documenting asbestos in the building, and the College will be hiring an abatement contractor to remove all asbestos containing material before demolition.
The Chestertown Historical Society has asked that the building be documented before demolition. Raudenbush said that the College has hired a local historian and preservation specialist to keep track of the project through narrative and photographic records.
From what Raudenbush has divulged, the construction of the new academic building should happen without any major problems. Once actual demolition and construction have started, students will be able to see the initial stages of what will surely be a beautiful addition to the campus.