Marist College uproots and moves trees ahead of 2019 Dyson Renovation on campus green.
The week before Easter break, students noticed orange, plastic fencing around the Dyson Hall quad. The bright orange barriers enclosed a large area encompassing two oaks trees. This is the site of the new Dyson Hall addition coming in Fall of 2019.
Yellow bulldozers and back-hoes converted the quaint campus green into a construction site with unearthed soil littering the area. Machines dug around the two oak trees and landscapers bagged the tree’s roots similar to how a garden plant is transplanted.
Once the trees were bagged and tied together, giant forklifts had the impossible task of unearthing trees that have been growing for a decade. At one point during the extraction, the machine could not counter the weight of the tree, which in turn lifted the machine as oppose to the tree.
While most students are perplexed about the project, Justin Butwell of the Physical Plant office has been planning this project for a while.
“The oak trees that are being relocated were planted in 2011. They are in the area of the proposed Dyson Addition project, so we decided to relocate the to the area between Lavelle and O’Shea Halls, instead of cutting them down in the near future.”
When asked about the cost of this project, Butwell explained that he does not feel comfortable disclosing an exact amount but assures that relocating the trees are “a substantially less expensive” project than planting new trees of similar size.
The lengthy process of uprooting and moving trees make some students positive that the school is adopting environmentally friendly techniques. Matthew Pullman, class of 2022, says, “I am happy the trees are not just being chopped down, but they are moving them elsewhere.”
However, Butwell explains this is not a new process. Marist College has uprooted and moved trees before the migration of these two oak trees.
Despite the orange, temporary fencing surrounding the relocation project some could wonder if such machinery is safe on a college campus. Butwell assures that all safety precautions are being taken to insure the safety of students during the project.
But some students are indifferent of the whole matter. Freshman Julia Capparelli did not notice the relocation process, and says she does not look forward to the noise from the Dyson renovation.
Whereas other students considered the positive aspect of the Dyson renovation. “It is a good idea if it is going to make Dyson a better place,” sophomore Caitlin De Vita says before adding, “I think the ‘L’ shape is going to be weird for Dyson Hall and also the reduction of the campus green is kind of sad.”
The “L” Shape Vita is referring to is the future lay-out of Dyson Hall after the renovation is complete.
While these oak trees are being saved in time for Earth Day, there are still two other trees in the designated Dyson Addition site. There is no word on the future of either of the remaining trees.