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Campus capital projects are making progress

Here's an update on capital projects currently under way on the CCU campus.

Recreation and Convocation Center

New construction of a 128,000-square-foot building. The foundation is complete, and walls are going up, along with initial electrical and plumbing, which will be ongoing.

The new facility will provide an improved venue for student recreation, sports events and graduation ceremonies, a 10,000-square-foot bookstore, an indoor track, climbing wall, workout spaces and locker rooms. The new center is to be located on Founders Drive adjacent to the Santee residence hall in what is now an intramural field.

Still on target to hit November 2011 completion date.

Swain Hall Science Annex

This project involves the construction of a 40,000-square-foot annex to the current Science Building, which was built in 1980. The proposed annex will consist of modern laboratories and faculty office space.

The science laboratory annex will include 20-22 science laboratories, supply spaces and 30-35 offices for faculty.

This addition is consistent with Coastal's plans to renovate the current science building back to classroom space, and construct a new state-of-the-art science building in the future to integrate all science instruction, including marine science and computer science now in remote locations to the main campus.

Obtain project bids: Dec. 16, 2010
Start construction: January 2011
Completion: June 2012

Hitting Facility

The project involves the construction of a covered 125-foot-by-125-foot batting facility to be located behind centerfield wall.

Construction has been delayed due to issues with the roof. Installation of the cage and nets is scheduled for February 2011. Then the installation of turf will be scheduled. Completion: March 2011

Commons Dining

The Commons Dining Hall was built in 1996 with a renovation in 2001. It is approximately 14,000 square feet and currently seats 430. The University is planning to add an additional 6,500 square feet to provide total seating of more than 600 in this facility. The $2 million project is funded by Aramark.

Bid Date: January 2010
Start Construction: February 2011
Final Completion: July 2011

Central energy plant

The University is planning to construct a central cooling and heating plant with approximately 1,000 tons of cooling capacity to serve the proposed Science Annex, the existing science building, the proposed library addition and the existing library. It will be sized to accommodate increasing cooling capacity to serve a future second science annex and other buildings within serviceable range. The project is in Phase II involving design and preparation of construction documents.

Obtain project bids – December 3, 2010
Start construction – January 2011
Substantial Completion – July 2011

Academic-Office Building

This project will create an academic office complex for faculty and staff as well as additional classroom space.

The proposed 46,000-square-foot facility will provide approximately 103 offices for faculty, three large classrooms with tiered seats, six 25-seat classrooms and six 30-seat classrooms and approximately 2,000 square feet for Food Service.

This additional space will support the expanding growth of the student and faculty population.

Currently in Phase I – Design.

Public safety

The University is planning to construct an estimated 5,594-square-foot Public Safety building to include approximately 15 offices, a dispatch/communication center, a training room and locker room. The design phase is complete.

The proposed building is going up for Phase II construction approval by the state Budget and control Board in December 2010.

Estimated completion: Spring 2012

Parking lot behind Baxley Hall

Parking area off of University Boulevard at the entrance of CCU from U. S. 501.

Estimated to open Spring 2011.

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