Fall 2015 Construction Project Updates

Welcome to the Capital Facilities Planning construction project update page. This page is intended to let you what projects are under construction around the college campus and let you know how that may impact our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The page is typically updated every two weeks and will follow the current college semester. Projects are listed alphabetically and give a short synopsis of what construction work is scheduled and what the campus can expect as far as disruptions and/or inconveniences. There are also links under each project to the projects site page for those looking for additional information. ............................................................................................................................................................

Week of October 26th through Week of November 2nd


  • The Contractor has begun the process of removing the existing Plaza deck.  Expect some noise and vibrations and they saw-cut the existing concrete deck and then remove sections at a time.  This will continue for the next couple of weeks.  All of this is in preparation of the new concrete footings needed for our new building.
  • CFP will continue to work with the various building managers to minimize the impact and help coordinate any loud and disruptive work with scheduled events.
  • The contractor has also submitted their plans to the project team for a new construction crane that is expected to arrive towards the end of November. This crane will help in erecting the new steel frame of our new building. This crane will be inside the construction area between the Bookstore and the Visual Arts building.

Central Receiving & Mailroom Renovations

  • Our Central Receiving space is finished and is now serving the campus community.  The new space is located diagonally across the hallway from our old space on the lower concourse level beneath the Plaza.
  • New mailboxes have also been installed in this space.  We are in the process of relocating the current Mailroom (located across from the Bookstore) down to the new space.  The new mailboxes should be open for use over the the next few weeks.
  • The existing elevator located in the current Mailroom will remain in use for those needing access to the new location.

Cooling Towers Rehab

  • The contractor has excavated and installed new piping under the Great Lawn down to behind the Physical Education building. They have back-filled the areas and have re-seed the lawns.
  • A small part remains open at the west end of the lawn.  This is required for making final connections into the Mechanical Services space below our Student Services Building.  This would could not occur until after the shutdown of the Cooling Towers.
  • Now that the cooling season is ending, the contractor will begin the actual replacement of the cooling towers located east of the Phy. Ed. building.  The new towers will be delivered to the campus in November.
  • The project is still on schedule to be completed early next Spring.


  • The contractor has completed the remaining interior renovation work to Farside. The work includes the remaining interior bathrooms in the E-F wing that weren't done last summer, as well as all new finishes in F Wing.  There are a few minor items on our punch list which they will finish over the next few weeks and some work scheduled for over Winter Break.
  • This summer we have also addressed a number of problematic leaks in Big Haus.
  • We have also upgraded the existing heating system in the complex in Farside, and will begin work in Big Haus next summer, followed by Crossroads. These upgrades will give the rooms better heating during the winter months as well as better control and monitoring, helping us reduce our energy usage, and provide better comfort to the occupants.
  • The lounge areas in Farside will now have both heating and cooling.

Dorms - Olde Renovations

  • Work was completed this summer on converting a number of spaces on J-Street to allow for more bedrooms.
  • We are working on finalizing our review of design firms for a new exterior renovation project that will begin addressing some of the ongoing leaks and causes of envelope deterioration of the complex.
  • Another project is also beginning that will address repairs and upgrades to the mechanical systems of the complex.

Exterior Rehab. - Various Buildings

  • The contractor is finalizing their work on the Natural Science Building and Library, which involves masonry repairs and some replacements as well as repairs to the Library central skylight and roof work.
  • The canopy at the entrance to Natural Science has been repaired.
  • This is the first phase of a larger project.

Humanities Renovation

  • The building is now open for use.
  • The contractor is finishing up their work on the interior of the building and completing work on their punch list.
  • The new Theatre was opened for performances, with just a few items left to complete.  Lecture Hall are also nearing completion and will be opened for the Spring semester.
  • The offices and classrooms have been upgraded with new furniture and audio visual equipment.


  • Construction work is complete with the contractor finishing commissioning and training. - The work included removal of old mechanical equipment in the penthouse, ground floor, and basement areas.

PAC Dimmer Rooms Repairs

  • Construction work complete.  New repairs to the electrical and cooling systems in these rooms, which control lighting and other equipment in the different theaters in the PAC, will now eliminate the overheating of equipment in these rooms.

Plaza Rehab

  • Work is complete. The contractor is completing the remainder of their punch list work.

Plaza Pathways

  • The majority of the pathway project is complete, with final punch list items remaining.
  • The remaining work in front of both the Music and Natural Science buildings will be completed shortly. These areas have been delayed due to the contractor going out of business. The owner has committed to finishing the project, which includes the additional landscaping in front of the Natural Science building and new planters in front of the Music building.

Utilidors - HTHW Repairs

  • The contractor has finished replacing a large section of underground piping that runs from our Central Heating Plant building (at the Facilities complex) to our Mechanical Services space (located beneath the Student Services building).