Work In Progress Construction updates.
» CCU Public Safety will soon have its own home
By Russell Alston
Carolina University’s Department of Public Safety is getting new home. The new Public Safety building will be located next to Student Counseling and Health Services, on University Boulevard near CCU’s U.S. 501 entrance. Preparation for the groundbreaking began during summer break, with water, sewer and communications lines already rerouted to the area. Construction is expected to begin this semester, with a completion date set for fall 2013.
With an estimated budget of $1.6 million, the 5,000-plus-square-foot building will have all the amenities and updated equipment you would expect of a police station, including a state-of-the art 911 dispatch center and an upgraded video surveillance center, located in the heart of the building. There will also be a lobby, training rooms and an information center to help individuals navigate campus.
“The building will be a home base for our officers, complete with locker rooms that include showers, so officers who have worked a long shift can clean up if they like,” says David Roper, chief of operations at Public Safety. “This office has never had its own building, so this will also serve as a morale boost for our officers while also increasing Public Safety’s visibility around campus.”
In addition, more than 200 new security cameras will be installed across campus, including increased surveillance of the Coastal Science Center and its surrounding area. Roper says the increase in security and surveillance is important in helping Public Safety maintain a vigilant eye on crime.
“Technology will be very important with the new building. These cameras will be installed in common areas, as well as areas of concern,” says Roper. “They shouldn’t be viewed as an invasion of privacy.
“For instance, we are making a more vigilant effort to pay more attention to unregistered guests in the dorms. Cameras are never placed inside dorm rooms, but on the outside of the buildings. The cameras that are placed outside of the dorms and surrounding areas help us keep a better watch on unregistered guests.”
Inadequate surveillance has long been a concern for Roper. “None of the security cameras were being optimized,” he says. One of the first things he did was to hire someone whose sole responsibility is to make sure the security cameras around campus are being used correctly.
“After a $300,000 investment in revamping the camera system, we now have one person who maintains camera positions for the 500 cameras placed around campus, as well as making sure they stay operational,” says Roper. “With the new building and the new surveillance system, we will be capable of virtually 24/7 video surveillance.”
When Roper accepted the job as chief of operations for CCU’s Public Safety office four years ago, he knew having a stand-alone Public Safety building would be an important addition.
“I look at CCU as a town, and as in most towns, everyone knows where the police station is,” says Roper. “The new Public Safety building will give us an identity, like a beacon of light.”
» Construction on CCU Baseball/Softball Complex begins
Coastal Carolina University has taken its first step toward the completion of its new, premier baseball and softball facilities, scheduled to open in 2014.
Construction fencing has been erected between Watson Stadium and the Coastal Carolina Softball Field near the Bill Nichols Tennis Center. The fence also extends around portions of the softball field; however, the field will continue to be used by the softball team for practice.
The new $10.2 million complex will feature new grandstands, locker rooms, coaches' offices, team lounges, training room facilities and concession areas for both the baseball and softball programs.
The 33,000-square-foot baseball facility will contain 2,500 permanent seats, with the potential to seat 5,000 to 6,000 fans for events such as an NCAA postseason tournament.
"I am very excited this day is here," said CCU head baseball coach Gary Gilmore. "We no longer have to talk about this project as something that will happen in the future. I am excited for what this season has to offer and the direction this program will take over the coming years."
The new complex will also feature a 9,000-square-foot softball facility that will allow for 500 seats, a 200-seat upgrade from the current softball facility.
"Seeing the construction fences go up is exciting," said CCU head softball coach Kelley Green. "It's a reminder of all the impressive facilities that will be built in the near future for our student-athletes. This is no longer a project just on paper; the construction is beginning and we are on our way to getting a phenomenal home for Chanticleer Softball."
The fencing currently blocks the walking area between the baseball and softball fields, and the parking lot between Arcadia Hall and the Boni Belle Hitting Facility is closed. Also, some Teal Lot spaces for CCU home football games will be affected. Check GoCCUSports.com in the coming days to learn new parking and foot traffic routes around the construction zone.
» Parking lot converted to faculty, staff only
The parking lot directly to the left of the Edward M. Singleton building (J lot) has had access control gates installed to control vehicle access to this area. The entrance-only gate is on the Atheneum Hall side of the lot, and the exit-only gate is on the Indigo House side of the lot.
J lot has been designated as a faculty and staff only lot. All faculty/staff members who wish to park in this lot must have a new barcode decal on their vehicles.
The new decals are now available at the Department of Public Safety, which is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first two decals will be free to any Coastal Carolina University faculty/staff member who needs access to this lot. Additional decals can be purchased for $5 each. There is a specific manner in which you must attach these decals in order for them to operate the gate. There will be a decal placement instruction sheet issued to each employee when you pick up your decal. Please read it carefully and attach the decal correctly to the rear passenger side window of your vehicle. Once the decals are attached they will not come off without damaging the decal.
In order to receive your barcode decal, you must:
1. Have a valid Coastal Carolina University Faculty/Staff parking decal permanently affixed to the inside of your front windshield.
2. Present your faculty/staff identification card and your vehicle registration cards when you pick up your new barcode decal.
In accordance with the Coastal Carolina University Traffic and Parking Regulations, all faculty or staff members who provide a student with a Faculty/Staff parking decal will be subject to loss of Faculty/Staff parking privileges. Students whose parents are faculty or staff members must park in a student space and are not allowed to park in a faculty/staff space no matter what type of decal is on the vehicle.