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Clemency for the trees

PULLMAN – The Library Road construction project is in full swing with major excavation currently taking place between Bryan Hall and Holland Library. James Stone, construction engineer with capital planning and development, reminds people to be cautious while walking near the site.

“Please pay close attention to interior way finding and emergency exit signage during the summer months.  WSU Alive tour guides as well as other groups giving tours of campus should take precautions and be mindful of increased delivery traffic at the entrance point of the jobsite near Van Doren Hall,” he said.

Stone also addressed concerns about the removal of trees from the area. A number of people have approached him recently with questions about tree protection – asking why it was necessary to take the trees out.

“These trees have been evaluated by a certified arborist and a landscape architecture firm,” reassured Stone.  “We have gone to great lengths to evaluate the health of the trees and the impact the project would have on the green space that exists within the scope of the project. We are confident that this project will result in the improvement of the green spaces along Library Road – with new tree plantings in locations better suited to the activities that occur in this important campus area.”  
Trees that are designated to be protected have been clearly labeled with bright yellow signs – and many are fenced off to prevent damage to their root zones and the body of the tree.
Stone says the fencing will be maintained throughout the project and an arborist will be onsite to guide and evaluate any potential hazards.
“Please understand that equipment running, demolition, and excavation of material is a normal occurrence in construction,” he added. “These activities can create temporary landscapes that resemble war zones.  We understand that this can be distracting and cause discomfort in your daily activities and we apologize.  Please bear with us through the next few months.”

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