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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.

  • » Groundbreaking held for Bryan Information Commons

    Groundbreaking ceremonies were held recently at Coastal Carolina University for Bryan Information Commons, an addition to Kimbel Library. The $6 million building will be constructed in front of the current library and should be completed by Fall 2011.

    Construction will begin in December on the 15,000-square-foot addition, which will be a student-centered study/reference/tutorial center available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will be technology-rich with laptop and work station computers, as well as physical spaces designed to support both individual and small study group efforts of students. The Bryan Information Commons will be a brick and glass structure with expansive windows the entire height of the building to allow the flow of natural light.

    "It used to be that a library’s value was measured by the quantity of volumes and the quietude found within," said CCU President David A. DeCenzo. "While the library of today still does hold books, it is increasingly shaped by technology and the rapid flow of seemingly unending information … Today we celebrate the beginnings of a building that will respect the library tradition, yet will capture the energy and enthusiasm of our students, faculty, staff and community in a new environment of discovery."

    The library addition is named for the late Rebecca Randall Bryan, a longtime Conway resident and supporter of education and the arts who bequeathed $1.8 million to the University at her death in 1999, along with more than 200 books from her personal library.

    The current Kimbel Library, which opened in 1977 with a student population of 1,500. holds 250,000 books, 100 computers, 30,000 online journals and periodicals as well as 80 laptops that were checked out 30,000 times by students in the past year.

    Sara Sanders, Kearns Palmetto Professor and cousin of Bryan's, spoke on behalf of the family, acknowledging the sadness of old magnolia trees being cut down but pointing out, "In growth and change, there is transformation."

    Mark Avant is project manager. Steve Goggans & Associates in Pawleys Island is the architectural firm.