Story by Tim Webber
Construction has begun on Drake University’s campus for two new buildings that will house the school’s new STEM program.
STEM, in Drake’s case, stands for “Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics.” The new buildings, which will be located in the northeast part of Drake’s campus, will house classes related to those programs.
The construction will force several sidewalks and streets to close in the near future. These will include a portion of 27th Street and parts of some sidewalks on Forest Avenue.
Construction zones are being phased into the area throughout the month. While the regions affected now are currently minor, people traveling near the intersection of 27th and Forest — especially pedestrians — should be prepared to take an alternate route.
Much of the work in this early phase of the construction involves the removal of 38 trees from campus. Those trees will be turned into wooden boards re-used in various small projects around the university.
Drake also has plans to plant 64 new trees around campus to make up for those cut down due to construction.
Work will continue on the buildings for at least a year and a half: The $65 million project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.