President's Report Masthead
December 31, 2012

Construction update

University Union Renovations

Most of the work on the University Union renovations thus far has focused on asbestos abatement and demolition, but work on underground utilities and foundations for the additions is nearly complete. In the next couple of months, the contractor will be erecting steel for the addition on the west end of the Union. There will also be changes to the roof and some roof demolition. Layout and framing of the interior spaces will get under way, along with a temporary building enclosure.

The renovated space will house several key student services such as the Career Development Center, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Tutoring Center, the Educational Opportunity Program and TRiO.

In addition, the renovation when complete will expand food service areas (Susquehanna Room and Food Court) into what will be called The Marketplace. The spaces will be merged to create an open marketplace-type venue with a variety of food options. A 5,500 square-foot addition is part of the scope of work.

East Campus Housing

A variety of finishing work is progressing at the East Campus Housing site. The work includes painting, ceiling, lighting, cabinet and tile installations. Bathroom fixtures are also being put in place.

This finishing work will continue for the next couple of months. In addition, carpeting will begin to go in, building security systems will be fine-tuned and testing of some building systems will get under way.

Center of Excellence

At the Center of Excellence project site at the Innovative Technologies Complex, underground utilities have been installed, masonry walls are nearly complete and metal stud partitions have been installed in the A-Pod and basement of C-Pod. Exterior metal stud framing is nearly complete.

The permanent roof has been installed enough to provide temporary protection - detailing and parapets to be completed in the spring.

The storm drains and associated piping has been completed. In the next couple of months, interior metal framing for all pods will continue, as well as drywall installation. The window curtain wall and skylights are scheduled to be installed. The building’s exterior metal panels will begin to go up and HVAC, plumbing and electrical equipment will begin to arrive and be installed. 

Dickinson Hall

Asbestos abatement has been completed at Dickinson Hall, the former Dickinson Dining Hall. The contract for construction/renovation will be awarded early in 2013, and work will begin shortly thereafter. The project will transform the former dining hall into a student services center for the University. Offices for student accounts, the registrar, financial aid and admissions recruiting will be relocated there. The project involves adding 13,000 square feet to the existing building.

Other Projects

Improvements to important campus infrastructure continues. New high-temperature hot-water lines have been put in place between Science 2 and Science 3. This project also includes some electrical upgrades. The contractor has finished with most of the utility work and will be back in the spring to install new walkways, benches and landscaping in the area. 

At College-in-the-Woods, Residential Life staff has moved back into the Tuscarora Office building following a renovation of heating, ventilation and cooling systems. Painting, new ceiling, lighting and restroom finishes and fixtures were also part of the work.