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One of the first visible signs of a new event center between University Center and Dwire Hall is neither a wrecking ball nor a concrete mixer.
Instead, an oversized spade used to move large trees, will be maneuvered into place Monday to transplant a Norway maple currently in the path of the construction.
Crews from C Lazy T, an Elbert-based tree location company, will relocate the tree to the lawn in front of Main Hall, preserving it and providing a back up to elm trees that may someday succumb to disease.
The cost of the tree move – an estimated $500 – is worth it, according to Susan Szpyrka, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance.
“We’ve been given assurances that a move at this time of year, before the tree buds, gives it an excellent chance of survival,” Szpyrka said. “Facilities Services crews will ensure that it is watered and gets the proper care it needs to survive in its new location.”
Earlier in the week, concrete saws were used to remove a retaining wall that blocked access to the tree. Utilities will be also be moved prior to the start of construction this summer on the $7.2 million event center that will provide an estimated 1,200 seats.