Construction Continues into Upcoming Year
By Kayli Farris
Students will likely look at campus from a different perspective than years past as construction continues, officials said.
“Everything we’re doing, if we’re not doing it to improve on our ability to carry out the academic mission, and I include athletics as part of the academic experience, then we shouldn’t be doing it,” said Mike Johnson, associate vice chancellor of Facilities Management.
The Campus Walk renovation, which extends from the Pi Beta Phi Centennial Gate on Maple Street to Dickson Street, will include new lights, trees and grass, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of June, Johnson said.
The Hillside Auditorium will include two lecture halls and will seat 750 total. Itv will be the first building on campus with a completely green roof with vegetation and gardens growing on top of the building, Johnson said.
Large lecture classes will temporarily be relocated to the Union Ballroom and Giffels Auditorium until the completion of the Hillside Auditorium, which should be finished by mid-to-late September, Johnson added.
The Jean Tyson Child Development Center will merge the infant and child development departments into one building, with a capacity of 144. This teaching facility is scheduled to be completed around Aug. 1, Johnson said.
Renovations on Pomfret, Yocum, Futrall, Reid and Humphreys halls, will take place over the summer and conclude in time for move-in, he said.
“A lot of it may not be out there for people to see, but it’s accessibility, it’s safety, it’s trying to make the academic experience a little more pleasant, keep people alert, keep people awake, keep people comfortable,” Johnson said.
The football practice field, south of the indoor football facility, will be complete in August. Below the artificial field, there will be approximately 220 parking spaces that will help with usage of the UREC center, tailgating and scholarship parking, Johnson said.
The facilities management department plans to have the class of 2010 and 2011 names on senior walk and completed by early June, Johnson said.
Senior walks for classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014 will start on Dickson Street and extend on the east side of McIlroy Avenue all the way down and around on Fairview.
This summer, workers will start construction on a new dorm across from Kimpel Hall. The dorm will consist of housing support, additional dining capacity for Brough, 214 beds and retail shopping on the bottom floor, Johnson said. They hope to have the dorm ready by August 2013, Johnson added.
“It’ll get a little better next year, but we’ll be doing other things, so there’s still a lot of activity as we grow,” Johnson said.
In the next year, construction will continue on Vol Walker Hall, Ozark Hall, Football Center, additional athletics projects and renovations, Johnson said.