Campus Construction Projects Completed Over Winter Break

Construction on the Student Success Center, set to open in 2022, continues Dec. 13.

Workers completed several construction projects over winter break, including elevator upgrades in Kimpel Hall, renovations to offices in the Walton College of Business and renovations to the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation building, while other projects are ongoing.

Workers upgraded the two elevators in Kimpel Hall, with construction beginning during the fall semester.

The elevator upgrades are part of a larger project to modernize buildings across campus, said Breanna Lacy, communications coordinator for UA Facilities Management.

Workers also completed construction on Adohi Hall over winter break. If any workers are still present at the residence hall after the break, it is only to remove equipment used in the construction, Lacy said.

Offices for the Information Systems Department in the business building received new finishes, paint and flooring.

Workers renovated the second and third floor of the HPER over winter break and will be finished on Jan. 22, Lacy said. The renovations included changes to the floors and the installation of new bleachers. There will be more work done on the HPER, Lacy said.

Renovations to David W. Mullins Library also began over the break, Lacy said. The renovations are expected to be completed in spring 2021. Workers completed staging and demolition and set up fences and equipment for construction work.

Eventually, renovations will be made on the first and second floors of Mullins, though there is no target date set for that phase of the project.

“Right now we are going to do our best to avoid having to ever close the library entirely,” Lacy said.

If the library does need to be closed, it will be over winter or summer break, Lacy said.

The Student Success Center is in its general construction phase and is scheduled to be completed in December 2021.

The UofA purchased the former castle rental building on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and converted the building into a temporary art facility and classroom space.

Demolition began in the fall semester and workers made the majority of renovations in November and December 2019. Following completion of the construction over winter break, the building is usable, and students attended class there starting Jan. 13.

A threshold installation at the intersection of Garland Avenue and Cleveland Street is mostly complete following winter break construction. Workers will complete landscaping in the next few weeks.

Over the break, workers turned the intersection of Stadium Drive and Meadow Street into a three-way stop and added asphalt patching, Lacy said. There will not be any more road closures at this intersection until the summer.

Facilities Management workers will be doing construction work on Stadium Drive over the summer, Lacy said.

Construction workers started work on interior renovations to the Graduate Education building over winter break, Lacy said. The renovations include changes to offices and classrooms and the addition of a bathroom that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The renovations will be finished within the next few weeks.

Constructions workers continued to work on the KXUA radio studio during winter break, but because of changes in the work needed for the studio, the completion date is unknown, Lacy said.

Construction on the Pomfret B-wing is still in progress and is scheduled to be finished in June.

Miranda Stith is a news editor for the Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as a reporter from 2018-2019.

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