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Work In Progress Construction updates.

Chaucey Work in Progress
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  • » Fightin' Chauncey nearly complete

    Chauncey is nearly ready to take his new position in the Athletic Plaza, the “gateway of athletics” on Chanticleer Drive that leads to Brooks Springs Stadium and Brooks Stadium.

    The seven-foot-tall sculpture of Chauncey, posed in a boxer’s stance, is ready for installation, which is scheduled for Sept. 30, with a dedication most likely on Homecoming Weekend.

    The Athletic Plaza will include the gateway, a sitting area, a bus turn and a walkway between the softball and baseball complex. Pavers will lead onto Chanticleer Drive creating a natural view and walkway through the area. The bronze statue of Chauncey the mascot will be placed in the middle of the plaza to greet sports fans.

    Assistant professor of art Logan Woodle has worked on the statue for about a year. He started with a 17-inch maquette (small preliminary model) clay of Chauncey in a boxer’s pose with a fierce look and raised fists. Students in the sculpting program provided hands-on help last semester during the entire process with molds, casting and pouring of wax. About 350 to 400 pounds of oil-based clay was used in the sculpting.

    Chauncey was cast in 20 to 24 pieces and then welded back together. The seams were sanded down to a smooth finish, and a protective lacquer was applied that turned the bronze figure a nice brown shade.

    “We wanted him to be super-heroesque in the tradition of Batman or Captain America, but with a more universal pose,” says Woodle. “He’s in the classic Renaissance style, like David, with muscle.”

    Behind the Athletic Plaza, the Brooks Stadium/Spring Brooks Stadium parking lot project combines what was called the Brooks Stadium parking lot and what has been called the RV parking lot that was between the baseball stadium and University Boulevard. It adds more than 280 parking spaces, four RV spaces and eight handicapped spaces.

  • » Pedestrian bridge closed

    The pedestrian bridge from Parking Lot C (Wall Parking Lot) to the Swain Science Annex will be closed as contractors attach chiller lines to the bridge for the Academic Office/Classroom Building #2.

    The project is expected to be completed by the end of October. 

  • » Update on dining around campus

    Here's an update from Aramark dining services:

    The Starbucks truck is no longer on campus. The pilot year was up, and the truck was turned in.

    The Hicks Dining Hall expansion is complete, and the new dining section is open. The new furniture arrives in two weeks. There’s a great new bakery, an American grill station and a new deli, too.

    Chauncey’s Choice, the catering building commonly referred to as “that healthy eating place,” is now open for breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lunches are very popular, according to Jeff Stone., director of dining services. “We’re doing more than 400 covers most days just for lunch, and we only have 132 seats.” Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    The Chick-Fil-A restaurant in CINO Grill is “booming.” Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.

    The Market, the new convenience store in Tradition Hall, is doing a brisk business, as is Main Street, the c-store in the Student Union.

  • » Updates on construction projects around campus

    Here's an update on some campus projects.

    The Williams-Brice Pool has undergone a major renovation involving mechanical and structural repair. The area also had significant interior work done as well as painting and tile replacement.

    The Hicks Dining Hall was epanded to add more than 5,000 feet of extra space to make room for three new food stations, a beverage station and 175 extra seats for dining. An outdoor patio area was added as well.