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Campus construction projects to continue

A new round of construction activity is about to begin on campus. "We will work to keep the disruption to a minimum," according to Janet Spraker, Director of Engineering Services.

North Stadium Demolition

A construction fence installed on the site perimeter includes the eastern end of Lot 3 adjacent to the stadium. A small portion of Lot 3 will be closed during demolition. The fencing encloses Vine Street from the west end of Brock Hall to the yellow gates near Lansing Court, and along the north sideline of Chamberlain Field. The sidewalk on the University Center side of Vine Street will remain open to pedestrians.

The physical removal of the stadium itself will not begin until the week of Spring Break, March 5-13. The east end of the stadium will be taken down that week to minimize disruption of classes. "You may remember that we had intended to hold off on any demolition till the summer months. The UT System Facilities office made the decision to begin earlier because the contractor would not hold his bid price firm any longer," Spraker said.

University Greenway

This DOT grant project is underway under the City's project management oversight. Upon completion, the greenway pedestrian walk will span from MLK Boulevard to East 3rd Street. The route will pass between the SimCenter and Brown Academy, by UTC Place, the east side of the Ortwein Building, between Lockmiller I and II apartment complexes, by the west side of the Fine Arts Building and EMCS Buildings, and between the Challenger Center and Lot 36. Work continues on the MLK to E. 8th Street stretch. The project will also install raised crosswalks on Oak, Vine, and E. 5th Streets.

Collins Street Specialty Housing

This self-funded project to construct fraternity and sorority houses on Collins Street across from the cemetery is currently out for bid. Bids will be opened on February 24th, with a construction start near May 1. The gravel portion of Lot 36 will then close.

Central Energy Plant Improvements

This project will add another 1500- ton chiller at the Central Plant to help address additional cooling needs brought on recent campus expansion. Bids were opened earlier this month, and work will begin in April.

Cadek Recital Hall Renovations

The recital hall will soon get a major facelift with new seating & lighting thanks to generous donors. The work is scheduled from February 15 though May 1.

Patten Chapel/Development House Restoration Project

Work to give new life to our oldest campus buildings should be complete in the next 45-60 days. "We will be restoring the Shakespeare Garden and the quadrangle near the Chapel to look better than ever when work is finished. These peaceful places have taken a real beating during this project," Spraker said.

Mabel Entrance Gateway

A handsome new brick entrance sign at 4th and Mabel is under construction thanks to generous donors. Landscaping, irrigation, and up lighting will be installed in the next several weeks. "For those who wonder 'Where's the one on the other side?' it's our intention to build a companion during the Wellness Center construction project," Spraker said.

The following projects are in various stages of design:

  • Hooper Hall Renovation
  • Campus Elevator & Fire Alarm Upgrades
  • Wellness Center (funded by student fee)
  • Campus Landscaping Improvements (funded by student facility fee)

Future projects include:

  • Grote Hall Renovation
  • Metropolitan Building Renovation
  • Challenger Center Classroom Addition (donor funds)
  • Strength & Conditioning Center (donor funds)

If you have questions or concerns about any of the above, email Janet Spraker. Construction safety issues should be addressed to Jim Pulliam or Lisa Gladden of Safety and Risk Management.

February 4, 2005

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