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Improvement projects heat up on campus

Its summertime, but the Physical Plant definitely isnt taking it easy with approximately 93 campus improvement projects underway, according to Physical Plant Director Ben Pratt.

In addition to the McCord Building renovations, Armory demolition, Student Recreation Center construction and the creation of additional parking discussed in the last issue, major summer projects include:
It's summertime, but the Physical Plant definitely isn't taking it easy with approximately 93 campus improvement projects underway, according to Physical Plant Director Ben Pratt.

In addition to the McCord Building renovations, Armory demolition, Student Recreation Center construction and the creation of additional parking discussed in the last issue, major summer projects include:

1.) The University Signage Project. Visitors on campus this fall will notice six new campus maps, as well as ground signs (including building names and what offices and departments are inside) and new lettering on the buildings, to direct those unfamiliar with the campus layout.

You may have noticed the bricks being moved at the main entrance off College Street. As part of this signage project, the Browning Drive entrance is being expanded to include entrance and exit lanes.

In addition, the campus entrance between the Claxton and Clement buildings is being converted back into an exit in July, according to Mitch Robinson, vice president for finance and administration. The lane was changed into an entrance during construction of the University Center, since Browning Drive was closed.

2.) Classroom Furniture Replacement Project. Students returning this August will find that the old tablet armchairs have been replaced in 33 classrooms across campus. Instead, classrooms will feature 1,500 chairs, 1,080 regular tables, 150 tables in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and 72 large tables. In addition, both seats and carpeting are being replaced in APSU's Trahern Theatre.

3.) Dunn Center Video System Project. It's the Dunn Center's 30th birthday, and APSU is giving it a really big gift. Starting this fall, athletic events, graduations, concerts and other public events will be presented on a Jumbotron large-display video system.

4.) Dunn Center Improvements. This fall, APSU is replacing the bleachers on the main level of the Dunn Center with cushioned stadium-style seating in the north, south and east seating areas.

5.) Governors Stadium Improvements. The University is replacing its football turf and resurfacing the track in Governors Stadium. The improvements are being financed through funds earmarked when the turf was placed 12 years ago. The job should be done before the first home football game Sept. 18.

6.) Opening of Austin's Diner. Last-minute touches are being completed on APSU's newest dining option, a 1950s-style diner featuring grilled sirloin burgers, steak-and-cheese sandwiches and milkshakes. Austin's is scheduled to open in Fall 2004.

7.) Initial Design of Soccer Field. The University plans to create a soccer field behind the Tennis Center, beginning with drainage improvements and installation of a sprinkler system this fall. The Bermuda grass required for the field will be planted late next spring, so the field will be open for play in Fall 2005.

The Physical Plant's summertime projects also include landscaping the campus, paving selected roadways and lots, developing a sprinkler program for housing, creating additional office space and classroom space at the Fort Campbell Center, replacing generators in the Dunn Center and Shasteen Building, renovating the press box in Governors Stadium, replacing tiles in the Dunn Center, placing new site lighting between the McCord and McReynolds buildings and much, much more.
—Rebecca Mackey