Walking to class, students may see construction projects on every side of campus. While students leaving for the summer will not see completed projects when they return in the fall, they will still see some changes. This summer, Heritage Halls and the new life sciences building construction will be ongoing, and a change will be made to bridge going to the Marriott Center.
Todd Hollingshead, university spokesman, said the construction will still be under way during the fall.
“There have already been four [Heritage buildings] completed, and there are four more under construction,” he said.
Heritage Halls, which plans to complete construction during the 2013-2014 school year, has two buildings under construction on the north end of campus and two buildings under construction near the Creamery on Ninth.
“We anticipate the other buildings will be replaced as resources are available and timing is appropriate,” Hollingshead said.
Another ongoing campus project is the life sciences building on the southeast side of campus, which Hollingshead said should be completed in Fall 2014.
“As part of that, they’re going to realign South Campus Drive,” he said. “When the Life Sciences Building is completed, they will raze the Widtsoe Building.”
The final construction project is the pedestrian bridge by the Marriott Center. An “arm” has been added to the west bridge and another “arm” will be added to the east bridge. Construction on the east bridge is planned to begin shortly after Winter Semester ends. According to Hollingshead, the construction on the bridge was done for safety reasons.
Richard Gill, associate professor of biology, said he is excited for the construction of the new life sciences building.
“Two years from now, students enrolled in biology classes will have a completely different experience because of the environment they’re going to be learning in,” he said.
Gill said there have been some issues because of the construction.
“They have been driving in metal sheets and when they do that, the building shakes,” he said. “We have to make sure all of the glassware in the labs is away from the edge.”
Gill also said because of the design, the building will be one of the most sustainable buildings on campus.
He said the building’s use of water and energy will be a good lesson for those majoring in the life sciences.
“I can’t praise the people who designed the building enough,” he said. “It’s worth the inconvenience. The future is bright.”