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» Adkins Field House: It's CCU's first 'green' building
Lights that turn on and off without a switch. Toilets that flush upwards or downwards, depending on what you, er, do. Lockers with cooling fans for the equipment and backlights for the players' names. A weight room where you don't bump up next to your neighbor, and offices that look out over the football field. And don't forget the teal-and-green fire hydrant just outside the building.
It's the Adkins Field House, now complete (end zone bleachers will be installed in late July or early August to add 1,600 extra seats), and its constituents â student athletes, coaches and their support staff â couldn't be happier. Most everyone has moved out of the portables and into their new digs except for the baseball team (coaches went out recruiting following the Super Regionals). The softball coaches were on the road for games and planned to move in later in the month. Volleyball and basketball coaches and staff will move into the new Student Recreation and Convocation Center when it is complete.
Jill Kingston, administrative assistant in football, says the new work space is "a blessing. It makes it easier to be organized and get work done without hearing everyone else's phone ringing."
The 55,400-square-foot building is built on the north end of Brooks Stadium and features a 9,000-square-foot weight room on the first floor. The cardio room is upstairs and looks down on the glassed-in weight room. The weight room is four times larger than the previous one. Football players and cheerleaders are already using both.
It is also the first "green" building on campus, energy efficient and fully certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver, a benchmark for high-performance green buildings.
In order to achieve this silver certification, the building needed to earn a minimum of 33 points for its design. The building was awarded points for the sustainable features that were incorporated into the design, such as water-use reduction through the use of low-flow toilets, energy-use reduction though the use of more efficient lighting and better ventilation systems.
Since the football team's old meeting room behind the ticket office has been freed up, it has become the Will Garland Academic Enhancement Center, headed by Joe Mazurkiewicz, one of three counselors who help student-athletes reach their full potential. Compared to the cramped portable space they have been working in, the new center is a dream.
In addition to the weight rooms for CCU's 17 sports programs, there are also meeting rooms, offices and the George F. "Buddy" Sasser Hall of Fame on the third floor where donor receptions and the like may take place.
A big meeting room at the end of the building (rooms 314 and 315) will be used for banquets; it can be divided into two separate spaces and has already been used for a golf tournament awards event on June 18. "It was very nice," says Kingston, "The space worked well."
The field house cost $8.5 million and began with a seed donation from twin brothers Mark and Will Adkins, members of Coastal Carolina Universityâs Class of 1989, who own a land development business, Adkins Land Group, based in Charlotte, N.C.
» What's going on around CCU's campus?
Sandy Williams, director of Facilities and Maintenance, gives a summer update on campus projects at Coastal Carolina University.
â¢ Energy Efficiency projects related to Stimulus Funding (lighting, lighting sensor and demand ventilation control upgrades) for the Library, Prince and Wall buildings will be completed by December 2010.
â¢ Hitting Facility â project should be substantially complete by mid-August.
â¢ First floor Student Center renovation â project should begin in July or August with completion date to be determined. Game room will be addressed first.
â¢ Central Energy Plant and Bryan Information Commons (library addition) projects should be bid out in August with construction to begin shortly after.
â¢ Renovation of the home locker room to an athletic training room should begin in late fall.
â¢ Academic Classroom/Office Building â An architect has been selected to begin the design phase, with proposed completion by August 2012.
â¢ Student Recreation/Convocation Center construction began June 3.
â¢ Science Annex construction to begin this fall.
â¢ Timber removal is taking place on campus this summer to prepare for upcoming construction projects and a 500-space parking lot behind Kingston Hall.
â¢ Portables planned for removal from campus during summer 2010 include WBAX 2, 3, 6 and 8 and SCI 3 and 4.
â¢ Parking lot improvements for Brooks Stadium, Coastal Science Center and the Burroughs & Chapin Marine and Wetlands Center are planned for summer 2010.
â¢ Extension of University Boulevard across U.S. 501 to be completed during the summer.
â¢ The Chad Beaty Bell Memorial (bell tower) located near the new Field House should be completed this summer.
â¢ Dorm improvements include: new flooring in Dogwood and Elm, painting in Palmetto and Oak, ceiling and duct replacement in Palmetto and Oak, heat pump replacement in Maple, shower replacements in Maple, Cypress and the third floor of Waccamaw, new flooring on the third floor of Santee, sidewalk improvements in Woods, addition of two gazebos and construction of a picnic shelter.
â¢ Commons Dining Hall expansion â Architects are preparing construction documents. Expansion will provide space for an additional food concept, beverage station and increase seating capacity by approximately 175. It will also provide some outdoor dining space. Construction is slated to begin in late 2010 or early 2011,with completion in summer to early fall 2011.
â¢ Plans are being made to expand the C-Store at University Place to provide hot takeout meals.
Projects by other entities:
â¢ Horry County Higher Education Commission will complete the construction of new intramural fields on East Campus this summer.
â¢ Horry Georgetown Technical College will complete construction of a roundabout on University Boulevard. Anticipated completion and a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 3
â¢ The Coastal Educational Foundation is working with the Jackson family on construction of a chapel. Site work is in progress.