The Bates Student - September 5, 1997


Cutten Maintenance Center dedicated

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The new physical plant building -- the Cutten Maintenance Center -- on the Bates campus was dedicated on Wednesday September 3rd at noon in a ceremony behind Merrill Gym. The Cutten Maintenance Center was built using funds bequeathed to Bates by recently deceased engineer William K. Cutten `38. This new maintenance center was built to replace the 35 year-old Andrews Road Maintenance Center, which was demolished in order to make room for a new Bates academic building. The new two-story, 31,030 square foot maintenance center houses all physical plant operations including administrative offices, shops and storage for the skilled trades (plumbing, electricity, carpentry, and painting), and operations areas for grounds maintenance, custodial services, and shipping and receiving. A spacious plans/drawing room has been added as well as dining, lounge, and training rooms for the 120 member staff. The Cutten Maintenance Center has been designed and equipped to provide safe and effective work spaces, including a separate spray paint booth in the paint shop, several exhaust hoods in the plumbing, carpentry, and equipment maintenance areas, a new welding area and hood, and exhaust and CO2 detection systems in the vehicle and equipment garage. The old Bates maintenance building was built 25 years ago to serve as headquarters for various buildings and grounds staff who had been working out of offices in dormitory basements. The cupola from the old maintenance building now rests in a grove of trees in front of the Cutten Maintenance Center. Phyllis Graber Jensen, a staff writer at College Relations, says the cupola serves as a "link between the old and the new."

During the dedication ceremony, President Harward spoke about William Cutten and the future hopes of the Cutten Maintenance Center. The building's improved features and healthier work environment will better enable the physical plant staff to sustain the beauty and physical integrity of the campus through their talented work and hard effort. The Bates workers were praised for their dedication, loyalty, and work. President Harward expressed his feelings that the Cutten Maintenance Center is a "space which speaks of the importance of their work." During the dedication a time capsule from the old maintenance center was unveiled. It contained old campus papers, catalogues, and coins.

The new academic building being built in place of the Andrews Road Maintenance Center is a 17 million dollar project expected to be completed in 1999. "This is the most ambitious building project undertaken in the history of the college" says President Harward. The new building, to be positioned on the Bates Campus overlooking Lake Andrews, will provide classroom, laboratory, and faculty office space for seven social science departments and four interdisciplinary programs.

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