Facilities staff and contractors continue to advance design and construction projects even during the coronavirus pandemic. Their essential role supports keeping buildings and grounds safe, secure, clean, and functional. Mission critical maintenance and capital projects remain active, and staff overseeing them have adapted by utilizing online meeting platforms, observing social distancing requirements, and rotating shifts. 

Some highlights of our on-going work are shown below.

  • Rendering of dining hall

    Dining Commons

    The architect-engineer team, led by Perkins-Eastman, is nearly complete with their detailed construction documents phase of the Dining Commons Project.  Construction contractor Manhattan is engaging with subcontractors, pressing forward through the permitting process, and overseeing utility relocations. Construction of the building foundation begins this summer and the building is expected to be operational in 2022!

    As noted previously, Magner Hall was demolished in November to make way for this exciting project.  Best practices for sustainable disposal of waste were followed: all masonry waste was transported to an aggregate recycling facility for 100% re-use; all metal debris was transported to a metal scrap yard for 100% recycling; all concrete waste was transported to a concrete recycling facility for 100% re-use.  Wood, plastic and paper products were sorted and recycled.  A minimum of 75% of waste was diverted from the landfill, with an average recycling goal of 90%. 



  • Construction on campus

    Energy Project

    Phase I has been completed!

    Phase II  

    The third and final cooling tower was lifted into place at the end of March 2020 — a milestone for the project and our contractor, Whiting-Turner.

    Construction crews continue “the dig” for the installation of distribution piping that will deliver hot and chilled water to individual buildings. Nearly all campus facilities will be connected to the central boilers in the Power Plant for heating by the Fall of 2020.  


  • Rendering of proposed residence hall

    New Residence Halls

    A new residence hall complex with a total of 350 new beds is being designed for the space east of Opus on John McCormack Road. The complex will house traditional-style double occupancy rooms for first year students.

    Design development continues with Perkins-Eastman. Pre-construction involvement by Manhattan Construction gives us real-time feedback on cost and constructability. The project teams are pursuing panelized structural and façade systems that can be fabricated in an off-site facility, trucked to the site and erected safely and efficien

    The residence halls are scheduled to open in 2022.

  • Land where new nursing building will go

    Conway School of Nursing Building

    A programming and feasibility study was completed in November 2019 for a new home for the Conway School of Nursing. The building will be located between O’Connell Hall and the 7th Street entrance to the University. Selection of an architect-engineer team to provide design services is underway. The University is interviewing several potential firms with a decision to be made this spring.

  • Exterior photo of architecture school

    Crough Center Exterior Improvements

    The Crough Center for Architectural Studies is getting a facelift this Spring. The stucco façade is being repaired and cleaned. In addition, several exterior doors will be replaced and handrails at the front entrance will be replaced.

  • Exterior of Caldwell Hall

    Caldwell Exterior - Seton Wing Facade Repairs and Window Replacement

    Phase 1 of the Caldwell Exterior project (restoration/replacement of windows and doors on Caldwell main) took place over Summer 2019.

    Phase 2, which addresses the exterior of the Seton Wing, began at the end of March.  Preparations for the window replacement project are currently underway and expected to begin in May.  

  • Science laboratory

    Laboratory Upgrades and Improvements

    During 2019, two lab spaces on the lower level of McCort-Ward were fully renovated into a new teaching lab for Chemistry. The renovated space is fully functional and ready for use in the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Exterior photo of construction

    Water Line Replacement and Upgrades

    Work has commenced on replacing deteriorating domestic water lines and expanding the system to support the addition of sprinkler systems designed in many of our Fire/Life Safety projects. Crews are currently working along Harewood Road.

  • Exterior of music school building

    Fire Safety

    The University established a multi-year life safety and fire protection program to protect all campus facilities with fire alarm notification systems and water based fire-sprinkler suppression systems. Residential facilities are complete. Mullen Library was upgraded with an enhanced fire detection system several years ago. The remaining academic and administrative facilities are prioritized by an evaluation of building construction, occupancy, and usage. Ward Hall will be the next campus building to receive fire protection systems with work beginning in Summer 2020.
Tulips on campus

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Facilities Planning and Management is responsible for stewardship of the University’s places and spaces.  It oversees and performs facilities management, maintenance, operations, planning, design, renovation and construction of all campus buildings, utilities, and grounds.  

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