Campus construction builds momentum
Despite the cold temperatures so far this winter, most of the major campus construction projects are on schedule.
The construction of the new Athletic and Wellness Center got off to a rapid start after the ground breaking last May, and is well on its way to looking like a building. Concrete foundation work is nearing completion, with most of the walls having been poured and structural backfill installed.
“We are expecting the arrival of steel shortly,” said Arnold Bernardini, assistant vice president of Planning and Construction.
In addition, Bernardini said that there are many modifications taking place within Elting Gymnasium in preparation to connect the two buildings, which is on schedule, as well.
Another highly visible project taking place on campus this season is the rehabilitation of the van den Berg Learning Center.
Begun last April, this project involves the rehabilitation of the entire building to accommodate the School of Business and the Nursing program.
All demolition has been completed, and after being sent off-site for refurbishing, the historic windows on the second and third floors have been reinstalled.
A complete modernization is taking place in the 1930s building, including an elevator and up-to-date technical wiring for “smart classrooms” to help keep New Paltz at the cutting edge of teaching technology.
Currently, the elevator foundation is progressing, and first-second-and third-floor concrete subfloors have been completed. Updated telecommunication changes are being incorporated throughout the building. The renovation is expected to be complete by the fall of 2005.
JANUARY 19, 2004
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