The detailed design of the Dining Commons is underway and the construction contractor is preparing the site for the next phase.
Magner Hall was demolished in November and best practices for sustainable disposal of waste are being followed: all masonry waste will be transported to an aggregate recycling facility for 100% re-use; all metal debris will be transported to a metal scrap yard for 100% recycling; all concrete waste will be transported to a concrete recycling facility for 100% re-use. All other construction debris will be transported to a sorting facility and placed on the ground for the sorting process to begin. Wood, plastic and paper products will be sorted and recycled. A minimum of 75% of waste will be diverted from the landfill, with an average recycling goal of 90%.
On a rainy day in early December, a groundbreaking event was held. There will be several months of utility relocations and site preparation before excavation for the lower level of the building begins in the Spring of 2020. The Dining Commons is expected to be operational in 2022.