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Spring update: Demolition, repairs and construction, oh yeah

The semester is winding down, which means the Physical Plant is gearing up for another project-filled summer.

Although Director Ben Pratt says they will tackle more projects this summer than last–which boasted more than 100–here is an overview of major projects:
The semester is winding down, which means the Physical Plant is gearing up for another project-filled summer.

Although Director Ben Pratt says they will tackle more projects this summer than last—which boasted more than 100—here is an overview of major projects:

Armory Demolition. While the ROTC was away last Friday at Fort Knox, the Physical Plant moved the entire department into its new digs in the Memorial Health Building. This week, they will be removing any salvageable items and addressing environmental concerns before the Armory's demolition, which is scheduled for 7 a.m., Monday, April 18.

Parking, Parking, Parking. When the Armory's demolition begins next Monday, a fence, taking up approximately 200 commuter parking spaces, will surround the site. Several additional spaces will be lost after the demolition. To provide some relief, the parking lot at the corner of Eighth and Farris (behind Burt School) is scheduled to be finished by Friday, April 15. It will offer almost 200 spaces. Over the summer, more parking spaces will be gained as the University-owned house at 432 Ford St. is demolished. The site and its adjacent property will join the gravel lot at Ford and Marion, adding up to 50 parking spaces.

Student Recreation Center Construction. Project specifications are being finalized for a bid this month. The building is scheduled to be finished as early as Fall 2006.

Renovations to the McCord Building. Bids, which were due April 6, are being evaluated by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Pratt expects the contract to be awarded next month. The estimated completion date is Fall 2006.

Sprinkler System Installations. All campus residence halls are scheduled to have sprinkler systems by August 2007. TBR is processing the paperwork for the two-phase project.

Women's Soccer Field Construction. Morgan Construction has completed the preliminary layouts, and work is scheduled to begin this week. The soccer field will be located behind the Tennis Center and will be ready for play in Fall 2005.

Raising of Dunn Center Marquee. The marquee will be raised an additional eight feet this week.

Dunn Center Digital Screen Operational Problem Solved. The problem? A 2,000 amp main breaker. Due to the age of the cabinetry that surrounded the bad breaker, Pratt says APSU had to have the new breaker custom-made.

House Demolitions. In addition to 432 Ford St., the homes at 206 Castle Heights, 752 Robb Ave., 261 Patrick St. and 263 Patrick St. are scheduled to come down and make way for new growth as early as August 2005.

Developmental Studies Program Renovations. Bid specifications are under review to transform Clement Building, Room 124, into a DSP computer lab. The project could be finished by late summer.

In addition, construction is in progress on the APSU Farm Project animal retention facility, the TBR is evaluating APSU's space needs at the Fort Campbell Center, the UC's drainage problems are expected to be repaired early this summer, and work on the Campus Landscape Master Plan is underway.
—Rebecca Mackey