Western Avenue Renovations: The University has
begun renovation work on two office buildings on Western Avenue near the
campus. The structures are being renovated to accommodate about 300 University
staff and student employees whose offices are now in the Administration
Building, and who are scheduled to move out of that space next spring.
Work will then begin to convert the Administration Building into academic
space for the College of Arts and Sciences beginning next June. The Western
Avenue buildings, located at 2 University Place and 1215 Western Ave.,
will have completely renovated interiors, new floor plans, carpeting and
paint. The work, which is being done by Picotte Companies, is due to be
completed by next April. Two University Place, which is owned by the University,
is a three-story building with 42,982 square feet, while 1215 Western Ave.
is four stories with 63,495 square feet. The University is leasing 1215
Western Ave. The Administration Building project is to be bid in the spring
of 2000, with completion tentatively scheduled for September of 2002. The
total budget for that project is $8,068,500.
Campus Center Upgrades, Renovations: The food
court area of the Campus Center now offers a rotisserie chicken outlet
similar to Boston Chicken, while plans also call for installation soon
of an upscale coffee shop and a Citibank ATM installation. The upgrades
are part of an effort by University Auxiliary Services and Sodexho Marriott
to expand services to students and other members of the University community,
according to UAS Director Julia Filippone. The project, now under way,
includes moving the computer store from its current location to what was
previously the game room. The Citibank outlet will also be located in this
space. A hairstyle salon will be moved into the ACC office on the first
floor of the Campus Center. A coffee house, to be run by Sodexho Marriott,
will then be located in the space created by those two moves. In addition,
a Strutters chicken outlet has taken the place of the former Taco Bell
and Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets. UAS hopes to have the computer store,
hair salon and Citibank installations done by the start of the spring semester,
with the coffee house to be in operation shortly after that. Architect
Jed Santarone of the Sodexho Marriott design and development office is
overseeing the $500,000 project.
In a Campus Center project completed early this fall, part of the third
floor was reconfigured to create better meeting room space. The $35,000
project, funded by the Division for Student Affairs, enlarged Room 337,
on the east side of the third floor, to make it nearly as large as the
Campus Center's Assembly Hall, with space to accommodate 125 people. Two
additional smaller rooms were also created, along with space for the Office
of Judicial Affairs, which is part of Student Affairs. The reconfiguration
created space for three new student groups on the west side of the third
floor. Occupancy rates for the new meeting rooms are in excess of 75 percent.
Roller Rink, Skating Rink: The University
has received bids to pave an area south of Indian Quad and east of the
tennis courts for a roller rink for intramural roller hockey. The contractor,
Callanan Industries, expects to complete the $25,000 project later this
month. Plans are also under way to install a rink, 88 feet by 201 feet,
south of the Humanities Building for recreational ice skating this winter.