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University continues construction projects

Construction projects recently past, present and future are improving the landscape of the University.

Enhancements continue in the newly finished campus Pedestrian Mall, which extends from East Fifth Street to Vine Street in the area between the University Center and Grote Hall. Shrubs, trees, planters, benches, table and chair sets and granite medallions will be added in the coming weeks.

A new visitors’ kiosk on Douglas Street is nearing completion, according to Janet Spraker, Director of Engineering Services at UTC. “The new drive at the booth should be done soon. You'll have to check out the new campus map and building/department directory that is adjacent to the kiosk,” Spraker said.

Spraker said the new roof on the Lupton Library is approximately 20% complete, the Jones Observatory has undergone a reconstructive facelift, and interior renovation work has begun on Hooper Hall. An elevator shaft is being constructed at the south end of Pfeiffer as it connects to Stagmaier.

“A new (temporary) entrance for Stagmaier has been installed on the McCallie side,” Spraker said. “The Baldwin entrance and the stairwell nearest the elevator location should only be used in case of emergency due to the construction activity. Pfeiffer Hall occupants will have to endure noisy conditions at times in the next few months.”

Construction has begun on the addition of three classrooms to the north side of the Challenger Center. A gravel construction drive from East 5th Street will be put in place for access to the site.

Spraker said other projects in various stages of design and renovation include Metro Building and Grote Hall, an Athletic Strength & Conditioning Center, campus wide elevator upgrades, and new fire alarm systems for Holt, Hunter and Brock Halls and the Fine Arts Center.

“Last, but certainly not least, we anticipate that the new Student Wellness Center design will be approved in the next few days by the State Fire Marshal,” Spraker said. “Once we receive this approval, the project will be advertised for bid.”

January 17, 2007