Plaza construction continues without a student in sight


Baruch College

Ayse Kelce, Managing Editor

Baruch College announced that the construction of the Clivner Field Plaza on 25th Street is continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic in an email sent to students, faculty and staff on April 21.

According to the email, the contractor has begun surface work as a result of decreased pedestrian traffic.

The construction of the plaza is expected to be completed by June 2020, a change from the original anticipated completion of November 2020, which was stated in January.

Many sophomores and freshmen never had the chance to see the plaza between the library and the Newman Vertical Campus due to the construction that has been going on for more than four semesters. The plaza used to serve as an open space for Baruch students to relax, study and socialize.

For the past two years, students have become accustomed to the constant presence of construction vehicles, closed sidewalks and numerous holes in the ground. However, photos released on the construction website indicate that most of the groundwork was completed while the students were away.

According to the construction update email, the strengthening of the base for the monumental seating foundation has been completed and the construction on remaining seat walls is in progress. The installation of new water and gas mains is also complete.

“Surface work has begun throughout the plaza and will continue into the fall. This will include installation of traffic/light poles, curb extensions, sidewalk installations, planters, and seat wall foundations,” the April 2020 reconstruction newsletter of the New York City Department of Design and Construction stated.

It was also planned that the Aronson Student Center would open this spring, but current circumstances did not allow for the grand opening.

The Baruch College Fund is accepting donations from alumni and other donors to complete the construction in various parts of the campus.