The last details of the new heating and cooling loop line are set to be completed within the next few weeks. Loop line workers are laying sod and installing sprinkler systems between Zellner Hall and the Hardin Administration Building. They are also pouring concrete on the walkway just north of the Brown Library to complete the project.
Zane Dennis, executive director of facilities and campus development, said loop line construction went incredibly well due to the project management provided by Scot Coley, director of Physical Resources.
“He was meeting with those guys daily to start going over things and just make sure all the ‘t’s were crossed and all the ‘i’s were dotted,” Dennis said.
While rain and other factors caused a few delays in the construction, Dennis said that was to be expected.
“We had a few hiccups, but you will have those on a large project,” Dennis said.
Handicap renovations to the parking lot just north of Edwards Hall should also finish up within the next week. New concrete and paint were added to keep up with ADA regulations, Dennis said. The parking lot was renovated because it is an area largely accessible to the public.
Work on the Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center continues on schedule. While workers have recorded some bad weather days, Dennis said these can easily be made up over the entire span of the project.
Steel beams now frame room for two new gymnasiums, and construction on an elevated walking track that will eventually encircle the gymnasiums and an exercise space is also in its early stages.
Construction workers will begin laying brick on the northwest side of Gibson Health and P.E. Center, which will eventually house the ACU Medical Clinic. The Medical Clinic is currently located in McKinzie Hall and will move when the new Recreation Center opens next fall.
While plans for further construction are always up for discussion, no definite plans for new projects have been set for the upcoming months, Dennis said.