Campus construction survival guideAugust 29, 2012
UW-Eau Claire Dean of Students Brian Carlisle sent the following email message to students about navigating through campus and parking changes due to university construction projects during the 2012-13 academic year.
It’s almost here: The start of a new semester! We’re looking forward to seeing you soon — some of you as early as tomorrow or Friday as you move into the residence halls.
Lower campus is looking A LOT different than it did when most of you left in May. Here’s an overview:
- The new Davies Student Center was completed and is open for business. It’s awesome (don’t miss the Davies Housewarming Party Sept. 1)!
- The old Campus School was torn down (see video).
- Garfield Avenue and half the campus mall was dug up (for construction of a new steam line and storm sewer for the new Education Building), then put back together.
- The new Education Building construction began and is well under way.
- The old Davies Center was torn down (see video) and a new campus green space is being created in its place (see webcam).
- Repairs to the campus footbridge were completed.
- The Wisconsin DNR is restoring the natural beauty and ecosystem of Little Niagara Creek.
Walk this way
Much of the campus mall will remain a construction zone during this academic year, and for part of the fall semester you’ll have new (sometimes longer!) walking routes to class. See a map of the campus mall area that includes the walkways to be in place by the start of classes Sept. 4. Signs will be posted to help you find your way – note that the biggest changes will be in the routes to Phillips Hall, McIntyre Library and the new Davies Center.
See the fall 2012 campus construction FAQs for more information.
The metered Schneider parking lot will be closed this year, and we no longer have the metered Zorn lot, which was available temporarily before the Education Building project began. The result is there are fewer metered parking spots on campus. Your best bet for metered parking will be a new metered lot in the old turnaround area just west of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
For students with “S” permits, parking will be available in the Phillips lot just behind the new Davies Center and in the Water Street lot. There also are some new disabled parking locations to accommodate the temporary loss of disabled parking in the Schneider lot.
See the 2012-13 campus parking FAQs for more information.
No matter what your mode of transportation, remember to be on the lookout for large construction machinery and vehicles at all times. Be safe, and here’s to a great semester!
Brian A. Carlisle, J.D.
Dean of Students
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Room 240D Schofield Hall
105 Garfield Avenue, Box 4004
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004