The biology building was ready for returning
students the end of August after the expansion and renovation were
completed, and classes started on schedule. The building looks beautiful
and will be a greatly improved environment for the teaching of biology
and faculty research. New lighting, floor coverings, carpeting,
painting, glass doors, ample bike racks, and wood trim are all completed.
The metal sun shades were removed from the exterior window, and
the improved views and lighting are remarkable.
The 4,800 sq. ft expansion of the studio
art building was also ready for the start of fall semester, with
a greatly improved entrance to the building and spacious new rooms.
All roof and area drainage will be retained on site and treated
in a landscaped bioswale.
Preliminary work has begun on the 20,500 sq.
ft. library addition. This project will allow for additional stacks
for the expanding book collection as well as additional art collection
storage, unified offices for library staff, classrooms, faculty offices,
and a new computer study space. ADA access at the library entrance
will be improved, and the entire building will have fire and smoke
alarms and fire sprinklers. The new addition will be on the southeast
corner of the current library, in the general area of the old loading
dock. Work on this building will continue concurrently with the construction
of the new educational technology center.
Educational technology center
Excavation and site work for the new educational
technology center (ETC) are in process. This 23,000 sq. ft. building,
sited just east of the library, will provide for centralized computer
staffing, sales, and services, and temperature-controlled equipment
It will house, among other resources, the writing center, the
public policy workshop, classrooms, and enhanced and expanded
information resource centers and student lounges.
The sports center has received substantial renovation.
A new wood floor was installed in the doubles squash courts, and the
singles squash courts were expanded to regulation size. Work on an elevator
is progressing on schedule. The locker rooms have been reconfigured
to allow for a more equitable distribution between mens and womens
spaces and increased locker capacity. The cage area has been redone
and the weight room was substantially expanded, with all new equipment
and large daylight windows. The bus garage and basket room were converted
to usable workout space, and a new classroom was added.
Restoration efforts are continuing in the
canyon. In the 1930s, when the old outdoor pool was built, the
natural stream alignment was altered. We are recreating the original
stream condition and installing fish ladders to provide for safe
passage of migrating and native fish populations to the lake area
from the lower creek. We are removing non-native plants, encouraging
native communities, and increasing passive recreational qualities
throughout the canyon. This will be an ongoing effort, with the
major enhancement strategies to be implemented over the next five
years. We are also researching grant opportunities for making
the entirety of the canyon master plan a reality.
There is a new stairway connection from the
music building to the west parking lot, which allows for easier
use of the parking area. The stairs are in and the railing is completed.
Bass and treble clef detailing provide a beautiful accent on the
Cross canyon track and playing
A restroom facility will be built adjacent to
the track and cross canyon playing fields. In an innovative design twist,
this structure will be primarily underground, with its only open exposure
on the westside facing the rugby field.
-Towny Angell, director,facilities services