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The construction of the new 6,500-square-foot fitness center is taking center stage this summer as workers build toward a mid-July completion date, but the project does not overshadow the importance of other ongoing campus renovations.
Focusing primarily on infrastructure, safety and code improvements, this summer's campus improvement projects have an approximate price tag of $2 million, not including the work on the fitness center.
Projects include the replacement of windows in Freeman House, the installation and replacement of fire alarm and sprinkler systems in 360 Mohegan and Earth House, and the upgrade and replacement of high voltage transformers that serve Smith/Burdick, Blunt, Larrabee, Winthrop and Winthrop Annex.
The installation of a new air conditioning system will benefit the computer systems in Bill Hall. Even the windows of Harkness Chapel will get a facelift with exterior repairs and painting of the framework, as will several of the residence halls.
According to Jim Norton, director of physical plant services, the campus will finally say goodbye to the old north tennis courts, which are slated for demolition. Adding bleachers at Silfen Field and rebuilding sidewalks to the AC bridge will give the campus community something to cheer about, however.
Other projects include improvements to the admission visitor lot and a fresh coat of paint on Cro's southern exposure. Work crews will also renovate the former 2,500-square-foot fitness center before the start of the school year for other exercise and sports programming.
The renovations are part of a 10-year asset renewal plan that will invest more than $60 million in the campus grounds, buildings and infrastructure.