Roadblocks, detours, and caution tape have become the norm as the campus has undergone construction and renovation this summer.
Many of these projects will be either completed or nearing completion by the end of the year. The parking lot in front of Fanning Hall will be finished in time for the start of the fall semester, according to Fred Ricketson, campus architect in the Physical Plant.
“The changes were made to the parking lot to improve traffic flow, increase sight distance, and enhance the overall safety of drivers,” he said.
Another change to the lot will be provision of regulation size spaces. “These parking spaces in the new lot will make it safer to enter and exit your car.”
A new road from the parking lot is being cut to align with Bellevue Avenue in order to facilitate better traffic flow. Two access roads to Arsenal Avenue are being permanently closed: the road between the Chateau and parking lot #14 (across from St. Mary’s) and Bomford Road between lot 16 (Fanning Hall lot) and the Walker Family Cemetery.
Renovation also is being done to the Arsenal Quadrangle wall space that once housed the Writing Center and more recently served as the temporary office for Admissions. That space has been allocated to First Year Experience, and renovations should be completed by the end of December.
Renovations have been completed on Boykin-Wright Hall. The exterior of the building was recently restored, and this project included painting, improving the existing exits, and repairing the steps.
Other projects include:
- Painting of the Blanchard Fountain at the entrance to campus
- Grounds Warehouse roof replacement completed
- Renovated storage area for hazardous chemicals
- Bids for replacement of lower roof on Washington Hall have been submitted