As of Dec. 6, 2011, we are officially in the second phase of a multi-phase campus expansion project, with completion of Phase II expected in summer 2013. The project will expand the campus to 292,000 square feet.
Phase II will include construction of a three-story, 56,000-square-foot classroom building which will extend from the 600 Building and add approximately 19 classrooms to campus while making room for future office space.
Currently: The construction project is on schedule. Construction of the north entrance to campus (closest to Route 6) is now complete, and is right turn only for those exiting campus. The south entrance off Route 177 has been widened to accommodate a new traffic signal, which will be installed August 17.
The steel structure for the new building is 99% complete and was topped off on August 3. Roof decking has been installed. HVAC and electrical work have started. Masonry of mechanical rooms has also begun.
A walkway is under construction which will provide another passage from the courtyard to buildings on the south side of campus.
Parking, Driving and Getting Around Campus:
The Continuing Education Office moved from Room 326 to Founders Hall to make way for a new walkway which is in progress.
- Parking in the Bidstrup Hall parking lot and along the grassy area next to the back of the 600 Building is no longer available since these are now part of the fenced-off construction area.
- Extra security will be assigned to the main parking lots at the beginning of fall 2012 semester to help keep traffic flowing.
Entry and Exit from Buildings:
- Those entering the 600 Building will have to use entrances other than the back entrance facing Route 6. Those who wish to exit through this door will only be able to go left due to the temporary construction fencing.
- All other buildings are unaffected.
Other Project Details and Miscellaneous Facts:
- A ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new building is tentatively planned for fall semester 2013.
- December 6, 2011 marks the official start date of Phase II construction.
- The construction schedule for state projects is based on the contract signing date. The contractor must start the project within days of the contract signing.
- The construction site is a restricted area where hard hats are required.