Renovations continue throughout the year
| Tyler Koester reporter |
The summer of 2014 marked a time of much construction and activity on campus with five projects representing more than $60 million of work in progress, simultaneously. With summer break at a close and the beginning of fall classes, here is an update on campus construction projects.
Indoor Track Stadium
Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning, says construction on this “much anticipated” building is in the final stages of completion. Installment of underground plumbing and metal paneling of the exterior south side of the building is under way.
The stadium is expected to be complete next spring.
Overman Student Center
The student center is undergoing a variety of changes both inside and out. Passersby’s can view the development of an outdoor terrace while inside the building; a 25 percent expansion of space is in progress.
Students and faculty members can expect the fence currently set up around the site to move again to accommodate the construction as it proceeds.
Stewart says this has been a particularly tricky project.
“It is a phased project to permit some areas to remain open for students during construction,” he said.
Overman is scheduled to be finished by next summer.
The features of this $33 million center include two auditoriums; one capable of seating an audience of 1,100 and a smaller auditorium, north of the larger, able to seat 250 people.
Performance halls and other indoor touch-ups are in progress, with completion set for this fall.
The final building under yellow tape this semester, Heckert-Wells, is being renovated with a new HVAC system and is set to be completed by Friday, Aug. 29.
Stewart says despite the delays and inconvenience some students may face with so much construction, the projects will significantly improve the campus amenities.
“In my own mind, I anticipate good things on the horizon,” he said. “If academics are growing, facilities have to respond.”