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Summer Construction Projects|
Under Way at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: June 17, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- Construction crews are out in force this summer at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as the annual renovation of campus begins.
Among the major projects this summer is the renovation of the ventilation system in Hibbard Hall. Ductwork, ceilings and lighting in the building are being replaced.
"This is going to make major improvements in the air quality in the building," said Kathy Mitchell, associate vice chancellor.
The $3 million project will occur in two phases, Mitchell said. The first project, currently under way, is the classroom section of the building. Next summer, the faculty office tower will be redone.
Because of the construction, summer classes in Hibbard Hall have been moved to other buildings and all Hibbard computer labs are closed.
The Registrar's Office also is getting a facelift but is still in operation thanks to a temporary move to Old Library 2136 and 2138.
"We really appreciate the cooperation from the American Ethnic Coordinating Office and the Academic Skills Center," Mitchell said. "They both gave up space to house the Registrar's Office staff."
Other construction projects include the construction of a 300-vehicle parking lot for residence hall students across from Oakridge Hall on land leased from Sacred Heart Hospital. Construction has not yet begun, but Mitchell said the hope is to have the lot built before fall classes begin.
The east entrance to the McIntyre Library will get new steps and a canopy over the doors, Mitchell said, noting construction will not interfere with regular library activities.
Mitchell said most of the projects, including the Hibbard Hall renovation, were funded by the state. The others, including two new campus entry signs at the Haas Fine Arts Center (on Second Avenue and Water Street) and McPhee Center by the Ade Olsen addition, were paid for by the facilities management budget.
"Those other projects are examples of the priority this institution places on the beauty of the campus and the maintenance of facilities," she said.
Most of the projects should be completed by fall.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 19, 1998