Campus Construction - What's Ahead Summer 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:34pm

 

 

 

 

Start and end dates always vary based on weather conditions or other discoveries; however, these are the university's best-laid plans for Summer 2018. 

 

Most construction projects are scheduled to begin after May graduation when the majority of classes are not in session.

 

 

ONGOING CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION - 6-1-18 Updates
 

Wey Hall Ventilation Repairs (Exterior/Interior)

Most of this work will occur outside the building; the inside work was completed during Spring Break so that classes wouldn't be disturbed.  There will be several brief periods when sidewalks on either side of Wey will be cordoned off for a cement truck and/or crane to operate.

Why?  Good air quality is extremely important in this building.  Several processes like metal work, darkroom developing and painting use chemicals and solvents that produce irritating vapors.

 

After Graduation, May 2018

Some periodic sidewalk disruption

 

Chapell Wilson - 2nd Floor Carpet & Tile Replacement

The second floor of Chapell Wilson isn't getting a facelift, but it is getting a floor lift.

Why? Worn out carpet and tile are well past their useful lives.

 

Mid-May thru June 2018
 Parking Lot

New Parking @ the Old High School

Roughly 1,000 spaces are being paved and marked, lit by LED's, and introduced to AppalCART.  No sense in letting perfectly good parking go to waste while more permanent plans for the property's development are underway.

Why? When the new Health Sciences building opens in Fall 2018, lots of upper classmen will be parking in the State Farm parking lot and making the (thankfully flat) 5-minute walk to the new building.  Suddenly the State Farm lot is prime parking.  New "satellite" parking is being created at the old high school property on 105 to accommodate displaced State Farmies.

 Mid-May thru early August
 

Kerr Scott Window Replacement & Improvements

  • New windows will be installed over a 6 month period beginning after May graduation.  
  • Some pine trees will be removed to help daylight classrooms and alleviate complaints about pine sap and danger from tree limbs falling on cars.
  • A new bike rack has been added by the "drink machine entrance."

Why? Single pane windows are being replaced with energy efficient windows. Replacement windows will make the building temps more comfortable and will save energy as well.

Mid-May thru Fall 2018

Some parking displacement esp. near dumpsters on the JET side

 

 Doughton

  

Doughton Residence Hall - Roof Replacement

The lower half of Doughton's parking area (closest to Legends) will be closed and used as a staging area for Doughton's roof replacement this summer.  

Why? The old roof was 30+ years and only rated R20.  Hello energy savings as Doughton gets a brand new R30 roof.

 Mid-May thru Summer 2018
 

Rankin Science North - Exterior Repairs

Leaks in the building envelope will be repaired.  Most of the work will be taking place outside, and the courtyard between Duncan and Rankin will be closed off so that crews can have access.  Repairs will take approximately 6 months.  

Why? Water intrusion is causing damage to classrooms and labs.

 Mid-summer thru December 2018

Duncan courtyard will be closed, some classes or labs may be temporarily relocated.

   

Physical Plant Lay Down Yard

An area of approximately 200 parking spaces in the State Farm parking lot will be converted to a fenced materials and equipment storage for the Physical Plant.  

Why? Due to the sale of the Business Services Annex building to Watauga County, the Physical Plant must relocate pavers, salt, light poles, equipment, etc.  Bonus: materials will be closer to operations.  

June thru December 2018
   

Academy Street Pedestrianization

Academy Street is becoming a pedestrian zone.  (Kind of like the wide sidewalks along Sanford Mall.)  University Drive in front of the Steam Plant will become parallel parking spaces used by two-way traffic.

Why? More room to play without cars.  Bonus: part of this project will also include the addition of a retaining wall necessary for the future Greek plots.

June 2018

Permanent Road Closure

   Garwood Lab Renovation Labs throughout the entire building are being renovated.  This will be an 8 to 10 month project which will disrupt regular class schedules. Why? More ventilated lab space is needed, and more hoods are being added to enhance safety. May 2018 - February 2019

NEW BUILDING - Bathrooms & Field House for Field Hockey @ State Farm

No more port-o-johns!  The spectators, players, coaches and officiates of Women's Field Hockey will soon have bathrooms, locker rooms and showers.  

Women's Field Hockey is located up the hill to the left,  past the intramural fields off of State Farm Road.  The new building will be just under 2,000 sq. ft.

Why? Porto-o-johns.  

May 2018 - Construction has started!
 Campus Welcome Sign

NEW Appalachian Sign Plaza on Hardin Street

The site of the Appalachian sign on Hardin Street will be enlarged and updated with brick pavers to create a  welcoming space for visitors and proud graduates to pose for photos.  In an homage to our founders, the sculpture of B.B. Dougherty will be relocated to the bordering green space creating a Founders' Plaza.

Why? We want our image to be as fresh as our students while still honoring our rich traditions.  

Added bonus: subjects will soon be able to pose on either side of the sign, making it easy to get the sun in the right place for the "perfect photo." Double bonus:  with the added extra room, photo takers can stay safely out of Hardin Street. Triple bonus: with lights and electricity, the plaza will be a great place to gather and even feature music and programs.

 June - 

Late August 2018

 Frank Hall

Frank  Hall - Solar Panels Being Added to Roof

Peeved about not enough PV?  So was REI.  This student-led group put their money to work buying solar (PV) panels for the roof of Frank Hall.  There might be a little sidewalk disruption around Frank during the month of June while crews work on the roof to install the PV panels.

Why? It's a great start to cleaner energy on campus.

 June 2018
 Sherpa - Royal Blue

IG Greer - New Seating in Auditorium

384 Comfy new seats are on their way to IG Greer.  They'll be covered in "Sherpa" royal blue fabric.

Why? Old seats were worn out.  Maybe "sherpa" fabric will carry our books for us.

 July 2018

 

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