Workers completed several major construction projects totaling $160 million over the summer, including Razorback Road renovations, Adohi Hall and the Delta Gamma house.
Senior Adriana Ruiz, a member of Delta Gamma who lives in the house, was excited for the new sorority house completion, she said.
Ruiz, a member of the founding class of Delta Gamma, think the house is just as she dreamed it would be, she said.
The construction of Adohi Hall, a new residence hall located on Stadium Drive, took approximately three years to complete and houses 708 students, said Breanna Lacy, communications coordinator for Facilities Management, in an email.
“It’s no secret that our campus and the number of incoming students has grown a good amount in recent years, so we must continue looking for ways to accommodate our students,” Lacy said.
Enrollment increased from 27,194 in fall 2016 to 27,778 in fall 2018, according to the UA Enrollment Report. Within two years, undergraduate enrollment increased by 838 students.
Adohi Hall includes a new Living Learning Community center, called the “Makerspace.”
The space will include recording studios and practice rooms and caters to students specializing in fine arts. Adohi Hall is the first UA residence hall to offer this type of space, said Mike Johnson, vice chancellor for Facilities Management.
Lacy thinks the renovation of State Highway 112, which connects to many of the main roads running through campus, was the biggest project that workers completed, she said. The renovations included repaving and adding stoplights to the intersection at Razorback Road and Maple Street.
Officials also began work on David W. Mullins Library, which is projected to cost $23.5 million and be completed in early summer 2021, Lacy said. The goal is to update the library, including renovation on the third and fourth floors. Despite ongoing renovations, Mullins will remain open to students this semester.
Other construction completed during the summer includes Pomfret Dining Hall, Pat Walker Health Center, moving the School of Social Work to E.J. Ball Plaza on the Fayetteville Square, Garland Avenue and the Leroy Pond Drive extension, Lacy said.
Students can expect to see more completed projects in the near future, including the Baseball Development Center, the Track Performance Center, the Civil Engineering Research Center and the Indian Trails Tennis Center, as well as trim restoration on Old Main and replacement of the first 50 years of Senior Walk, Lacy said.
The trim restoration project began Aug. 19 and is set to be completed October 2019, according to Facilities Management. The work will visually impact Old Main, and there may be occasional noise disruptions for occupants.
Ongoing construction projects include the renovation of the Alpha Delta Pi house, repairs on Thomas Avenue, lighting along Graham Avenue, new campus entry threshold signs on and repairs and the addition of a pedestrian sidewalk on Garland Avenue Upper Service Drive, beginning east of Gladson Ripley Hall and ending south of Buchanan-Droke Hall, according to Facilities Management.
Johnson said he is excited to start construction on the Student Success Center north of Old Main. He thinks the facility, which offers additional support like tutoring and financial aid, has the potential to positively impact students and will welcome all first-timers to an environment that allows them to create their own academic success.
Officials hope that the center will reduce attrition, which is when a student’s completion of program requirements is delayed, Johnson said. He also thinks the success center will improve the retention rate, which is the percentage of first-time, first-year undergraduates who continue school the next fall term, and help graduation rates.
Safety and communication are the most challenging aspects of every campus project, Johnson said. Regarding safety, Johnson encourages students to pay attention to their surroundings, whether around a crosswalk or near construction areas, he said.