Construction Update - 15 June 2015

Campus community,

Good afternoon! You may have noticed a number of construction and renovation projects going on around campus. As a result of our bond issue last year, the university began construction on University Place, a new residence hall located on Wilson Street, and Reddie Villas, an apartment complex at Campus North. We also purchased the Whispering Oaks apartment complex, now Ridge Pointe, and are making much-needed updates and repairs. We plan to have all of these facilities available for student use in the fall.

Our bond rating allowed us to borrow funds for auxiliary purposes at a very low interest rate. While academic infrastructure is ineligible for updates with these funds, we are able to complete some needed improvements on our athletics facilities. A parking lot between the baseball and football stadiums will provide 275 new spaces in a paved, lighted lot. Additionally, new lights and synthetic surfaces for the baseball and softball fields will minimize the amount of time those players miss class due to weather-related field preparations and travel. Tiered seating is being added to the baseball field, along with additional parking for softball. Finally, entrances and fences at Carpenter Haygood Stadium are being replaced.

The multipurpose field behind the Formby Center will receive a new synthetic surface and lights on the multipurpose field. These improvements will not only make it possible for both the Showband and football team to practice on the field, but also all students will be able to participate in intramural activities on the multipurpose field in the evenings.

Surveyors have been on campus in preparation for an energy-savings project that will include a chilled-water loop to improve the reliability of heating and air conditioning in all buildings across the campus. Overhead power lines near the Amy Jean Green Bridge will also be placed below ground for safety and to reduce potential power outages.

Finally, construction of the Ken Duke Golf Facility will begin this summer. This project was completely funded by the generosity of alumni and friends who made donations to this project through the Henderson Foundation.

Each of these improvements is exciting for our faculty, staff, and students. We appreciate your patience as we work to complete these campus improvement projects.