The McKinley Commons project is beginning construction in 2015 and is expected to be completed close to the end of 2016.

SRA Architects was chosen for construction, through the customary Request For Proposal, the process the university uses to choose contractors for large projects.

“We want to be thoughtful and deliberative in our planning to ensure the project’s success,” said Joan Todd, executive director of public relations.

To choose a company, Todd said the university maintains a list of firms that have submitted Architect and Engineer Qualification statements to the university. Then it selects firms that have demonstrated experience in the specific project type and submits a Request for Qualifications to the firms.

The RFQ will explain specific requirements, along with university requirements and processes for the project in mind.

After receipt of the RFQ, the university then decides on the most qualified of firms to come to campus for interviews and presentations of project ideas with a selection committee. The selection committee will recommend a firm for the project, and the process begins.

Todd said the university will work hard to minimize any disruption to traffic flow while starting this building project.

She said to expect lane restrictions around the construction, such as on McKinley and Ashland avenues.

“The utility extension will result in road closure or traffic detours,” Todd said. “We anticipate that some of the utility work will require Martin Street to be closed in sections at times next summer.”