Trees to be relocated; recycled during construction of Engineering and Science Building
[Originally published by MyVU]
Signs and fencing have gone up at the corner of Highland and 25th avenues, the construction site for the new Engineering and Science Building.
Additional preparation of the site will require the clearing in mid- to late-July of 66 trees so that land can be properly graded. Of that number, 42 trees will be recycled into paneling and trim for the new building.
“This not only works toward our sustainability goals, but the mix of hardwoods from this site should bring a beautiful variety to the interiors to be enjoyed for years to come,” said Judson Newbern, deputy vice chancellor for facilities and environment.
The university explored every option to maximize the number of trees that could be retained, he said. The large magnolias near the base of Olin Hall will remain where they are, and the tree donated to Vanderbilt by ESPN for hosting its GameDay show here in 2008 will be relocated.
The tree clearance will not affect Vanderbilt’s designation as an arboretum, and no unique examples of any species on campus will be lost. A corner with shade trees will be re-established in front of the new building once construction is complete.
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