Construction Update - 12 August 2015

Campus community, 

As the beginning of a new academic year approaches, we are all excited to welcome a new class of Reddies to campus. As you begin the fall semester, you will notice a great deal of construction happening – all in line with the execution of Priority Four of our strategic plan. This email is to update our campus community on our progress. 

Campus housing

At Ridge Pointe, formerly Whispering Oaks, we are wrapping up the summer-long process of updating the facilities and providing a better living experience for our students. The roof and air conditioning has been replaced throughout the complex, and all appliances and furniture in each unit has been updated. We are replacing the system for the gate controls, enabling residents there to allow guests to enter the complex by entering a code via cell phone and allowing emergency responders and vendors to enter the complex with the use of a short-term-enabled code. In addition, we will soon install security cameras throughout the complex in order to increase safety for our campus community.

In the Reddie Villas, we have been working through the last punch-list items for the last buildings to be finished. We already have residents in the complex, and the pool, fence and security gate will be completed in the next few weeks. Updates have also been made to appliances in the International House, providing an updated living experience for our students there.

Our greatest challenge lies with University Place. We are working as quickly as possible to move our students into the residence hall by the end of August. Our students who were scheduled to move into University Place but have been relocated are being assessed a lower rate for housing as long as they are not able to move into the new facility.

Move-in Day, which takes place for freshmen on Aug. 18, will be a busy one across Henderson State University’s campus. Volunteers will provide moving support for parents and students on that day, and we encourage the campus community to volunteer or offer support on that day. An open house for the Reddie Villa complex will be held Aug. 19, so watch for more details and the opportunity to see this fantastic new facility.

This summer, we worked to complete a larger number of quality improvements for students in a very short time. If you know of an issue with any of our residence life facilities, please contact the Office of Residence Life (Extension 5083) to give them a heads up. Staff members are empowered to address concerns immediately and help provide a high-quality living and learning environment for our students.

Chilled-water loop and mold abatement

Work on the chilled-water loop through campus is about to begin in earnest. This construction will provide an updated, more cost-effective way to manage climate control on our campus. The construction, however, may require that we close off streets or parking lots for a brief period. We ask your patience as we work to make the campus more energy efficient.

According to our contractors, the mold abatement project in the old Reynolds Science building is on schedule and will be completed by Aug. 17. When that project is completed, we will be able to hold classes and labs in this portion of the building again. This project is designed to provide a solution to the long-term problem of mold in Reynolds and provide a better working and learning environment there. We appreciate your patience with it.  

Aramark transition 

Aramark is still working toward instituting its updated work-order system. In the interim, if you have work orders that have not been fulfilled, please open a new work order to ensure that facilities management leaders are aware that it has not been closed.

While the transition with Aramark continues, President Glen Jones has appointed a temporary Facilities Transition Oversight Team to help smooth the transition. Serving as advisors to President Jones, this team will work with Bobby Jones to specify performance standards and benchmarking parameters for our relationship with Aramark. Additionally, the team will meet with Mike McMahon, Arkamark’s director of facilities, at least once per month to discuss Aramark’s past performance, current progress and continuing opportunities for improvement in the future. The team will work to navigate the early stages of the university’s relationship with Aramark by ensuring that we have the appropriate mechanisms for defining, measuring, and monitoring a successful facilities management program. Members of this team are Dr. Steve Adkison, Julie Cissell, Dr. John Hardee, Dr. Judy Harrison, Bobby Jones, Shawn Jones, Dan Mabery, Dr. Brett Serviss, Dr. Lewis Shepherd and Tonya Oaks Smith.

Thank you for your patience at the opening of the new academic year and your attention to this communication.