Update on construction projects
Some of the 2017 construction projects are winding down. Here's a quick look at what's built and nearly completed.
University Place Dining Hall
University Place residents are excited that the new dining hall will be completed by the end of November (or sooner).
The floors have been finished, and the kitchen equipment is being installed so the final touches are getting in place for inspections.
The UP Dining Hall is a mini version of Hicks Dining Hall and will have about 200 seats. It has the same cooking capacity and will provide the same type of meals. It should be open and operational for the 2018 spring semester.
The biggest delay to the project has been installation of the mass notification equipment.
Restrooms on the first and second floors of Wheelwright Auditorium are being renovated. Construction begins Nov. 27, and substantial completion is scheduled for Jan. 26, 2018.
New Wall fountain
A new fountain is being built in front of the Wall Building with added perimeter seats along with enhanced green space at each open area outside of the front entrance parking loop. Construction began Oct. 19 and should be completed by Dec. 1.
Smith Science Building renovation nearing end
Renovation of the R. Cathcart Smith Science Building at CCU is nearly done. The existing building is 40,352 square feet. A two-story entry addition of 328 square feet has been constructed as part of this project for a total square feet of 40,680. The renovation will accommodate the departments of physics, mathematics and psychology. The spaces for the departments include teaching labs, classrooms, tutoring areas, office space, and support spaces such as storage and conference rooms. The office space will accommodate 68 staff/faculty plus adjuncts, and there are 13 classrooms/labs.