To increase capacity, secure safety and improve the experience students have on campus, several constructions projects, renovations or demolitions have taken place recently.
Hart Swimming Pool Construction
Over the summer, a new filtration system was installed in the Hart Pool. New pumps, filters, and chlorine treatments were all added as part of the installation. The pool will now be using liquid chlorine as opposed to the gas chlorine that was used previously. The liquid chlorine is a safer way to treat the pool water. The swimming pool reopened on September 16.
Auxiliary Gym Remodel
The projected plan for replacing the auxiliary gym with dance studios is underway. Demolition started in the hallway by taking out the offices adjoining the gym. Men’s and women’s locker rooms are also being remodeled. Locker rooms are still accessible during the fall semester renovation. The wrestling room will be relocated to one of the rooms on the basement level. The Dance Department is expected to move into the new space in time for Fall 2020.
New Ropes Course
The ropes course west of the upper playing fields was taken down this summer to be replaced with a new structure that will be safer and accommodate more participants at a time. The course will be available for use in October.
Energy Plant Chiller
A new 1,000-ton steam-driven chiller was installed in the Center Energy Facility earlier this month. The chiller will come online by the end of September.
Center Street received a new seal coat of asphalt and a fresh coat of paint. In addition, many of the concrete sidewalks were replaced to reduce tripping hazards.
New Ceilings in Romney Building
Over the summer, a new ceiling grid was installed on the first and second floors on the west side of the Romney Building, as well as LED lighting and a new mechanical system. This project will provide energy savings for the university.
University Village Community Center
Three different construction projects took place at University Village this summer: air conditioning installation, groundbreaking of a new community center, and replacement of stairwells and rails. By mid-September, all of the apartment units will have air conditioning. Construction has also begun on a new community center to serve as a gathering place for residents and their families. The community center will be completed by Fall 2020. Stairs and stair rails were replaced in four of the buildings.
The Kirkham Building has been razed and the debris hauled off campus. The former basement of the building will be filled by the end of September, and a new parking lot with approximately 100 parking stalls will be paved by the end of the year.
New Ceramics Lab Building
A new ceramics building will soon be constructed on part of the footprint of the former Kirkham Building. Design plans have been drafted, and a 9,000 square foot building is projected to be completed by Fall 2020. All ceramics classes have been temporarily relocated to the Benson Building until the new building is completed.
New Turf on Upper Playing Fields
Fields 1 and 2 of the upper playing fields (south of 7th South) were installed with new astro turf. Different colored turf was sewed in for game lines for soccer, flag football, softball, and lacrosse. The fields are ready to be utilized for Fall 2019 intramural sports activities.