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Aug. 31, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Summer projects keep SRU busy

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's facilities and planning department spent the summer painting, papering, replacing ceiling tiles, mowing, trimming and generally beautifying the campus. The staff also spent time upgrading steam lines, paving parking lots and roadways, insulating attics to save energy costs and other major, behind-the-scenes work to keep the campus operational.

"Summer is the time we use to do a number of general maintenance projects that if undertaken during other parts of the year would result in major campus disruptions," said Herb Carlson, assistant vice president for construction design and management.

"Of course, the major project this year was adding finishing touches and moving into the new Robert M. Smith Student Center," he said. (See related story this edition.)

Carlson said major work was undertaken on the $2.6 million Patterson Hall addition that will add laboratory space for SRU's exercise and rehabilitative sciences department as well as provide additional space for the art department's fiber arts program.

"We spent $331,000 in asphalt for roadways and parking lots," he said. Paving in the student center parking lot is to be completed in September.

A new roof was put on Spotts World Culture Building and insulation was added to the North Hall attic to help reduce heating and cooling energy costs. An underground steam line between Boozel Dining Hall and Swope Music Building was replaced.

Other major projects completed included replacement of a sanitary line and Dish Room floor in Weisenfluh Hall.

The department also began preliminary work in planning renovations to Miller Auditorium, which will upgrade it to a performing arts center. Carlson said, "Working on the Miller renovation design is the major undertaking for fall."

"We use fall semester to map out major projects for spring and summer,"

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