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Sept. 7, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU spends summer managing $80 million in construction jobs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Renovation projects totaling nearly $80 million and using concrete, asphalt, glass, steel, some paper and just about every other conceivable construction material kept Slippery Rock University facilities and maintenance personnel hopping this summer.

           “We completed a number of building and renovation projects, and we started a number of new ones,” said Herbert Carlson, assistant vice president for construction design and management. Carlson issued a report to President Robert Smith’s cabinet citing 30 projects that were on the summer drawing board.

            SRU construction projects ranged from $2,200 to study water problems in North Hall, Old Main, Maltby Center and West Gym, to $39 million for construction of the new Student Center, which is taking shape just north of Boozel Dining Hall. The building is scheduled to open by the end of February.

           “Nearly all of the remaining projects are near schedule,” Carlson said.

           The Phase III upgrade of the Boiler Plant, a $6.8 million project, was completed and a new Bag House is operational and adding to SRU’s “Green” identity.

           Work is under way on the nearly $2.9 million in renovations to Weisenfluh Dining Hall.

           The retaining wall near Patterson Hall was installed, and Phase II of the Patterson Hall addition is expected to begin in November. The $2.5 million expansion adds major laboratories to the building.

           Staff worked on a project to determine the cable network pathways available on campus between Kiester Road and Vincent Science Center and a cable inventory information record was undertaken related to the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (known as “KINBER”) project. KINBER is designed to bring affordable, enhanced broadband services to a variety of users by stringing some 4,000 miles of fiber-optic lines statewide. SRU is serving as a service node for the $130-million project.

SRU’s portion of the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012. The overall system is to be completed by February 2013.

In more “nuts and bolts-type” projects, concrete maintenance was done for walkways at Maltby Center and the Robert A. Lowery Center, asphalt maintenance was completed at various locations, roof work was done at Stores Building I and II, a steam line is being replaced on lower campus, the heat recovery unit was repaired, leaks at the natatorium were evaluated, the Art Metals Building and Bailey Library loading docks are being  repaired, the foundation at the Art Building is to be waterproofed and work on the catwalks in the Mechanical Room at Boozel Dining Hall was designed. Renovation to the N. Kerr Thompson Stadium Press Box was also completed.

Other projects up next include continued asbestos abatement in Miller Auditorium, in preparation for major renovation work, and designing the new North Campus Loop.

The Student Government Association now has plans in-hand for Phase I of a Deck Hockey Rink project and is expected to act on funding requests.

Carlson said new projects waiting in the wings include a roof replacement for Spotts World Culture Building and electrical upgrades for Bailey Library, among others.

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