How will traffic on Cold Spring and Sycamore Canyon Roads be affected by construction?
Construction traffic, including workers and deliveries, is limited to non-peak hours. This means construction related traffic will not be on Montecito roads between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
What hours will be the noisiest?
Westmont is trying to keep the impact on the neighborhood to a minimum, allowing noise generating activity only between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. After groundbreaking on each site in October, the initial construction work will focus on excavation, which may be audible to neighbors.
What is the college doing to mitigate the noise and dust?
Construction areas will be watered frequently to minimize the dust as much as possible. Heavy equipment will operate only during the hours allowed by Westmont’s conditional use permit. An Environmental Quality Assurance Program (EQAP) monitor will be on campus to ensure the protection of sensitive resources and compliance with all the requirements of our conditional use permit.
How long is construction going to last?
Westmont wants to complete construction in less than three years. When the first phase of construction is complete, the college will not start building any new facilities for at least five years or twice the length of time construction lasts.
How many buildings are you constructing?
In the first phase, we hope to complete four major facilities (Adams Center for the Visual Arts, Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics, a chapel and a residence hall) as well as a new observatory for the Keck Telescope and renovation of our intercollegiate athletic fields. We will also accomplish other work, such as relocating the campus drive to improve pedestrian safety and accommodate the new structures.
Can I still use the track?
Once excavation work begins in early October, much of the track area will be used to store fill dirt so it will not be available. In the end, the college plans to build a new track with a state-of-the-art running surface. A track storage building to hold equipment and restrooms will also be built.
Can I still use the Westmont Post Office?
Yes, most of the construction will be away from the north end of campus allowing for easy access to and from the post office.
Will there be summer camps next year?
Yes, even though work will continue through the summer, there will be plenty of unaffected areas on campus where we can hold athletic camps and Think Camps.
Are the new buildings going to be made wheelchair accessible?
All new buildings, including the chapel, Winter Hall, Adams Center, track storage shed, central plant, observatory, residence hall and facilities like the track/soccer field and baseball field meet all accessibility codes. One of our goals is to have a fully accessible campus. Our sloping site makes this very expensive and difficult to do at one time. As we build new buildings we add accessible walks and elevators that will work with future projects to create accessible routes throughout campus.