Still truckin’: campus construction moves along as planned
Shippensburg University continues to make progress with the construction on campus.
SU is still in the process of switching the heating and cooling systems on campus to make it more environmentally friendly. In doing so, it will be switching the heating system from coal to gas.
For this to happen SU students will go through some struggle with roads being closed and fences being put up during the next few months.
Cumberland Drive is currently closed, but should be opening up by mid-October. After all the work on Cumberland Drive is done, the focus will be Adams Drive and Dauphin Drive. The fences throughout campus will be up for most of the year. The department of facilities plans to finish the heating systems by the end of September. The work for the cooling system is going to take more time and will not be up and running until April 2015.
All of the construction on the heating and cooling system should be done in July 2015 and the campus should be back to normal for next fall.
Naugle Hall will be demolished after the spring graduation ceremony, according to Bruce Herring, assistant director for planning and engineering at SU. A new academic building will take the place of Naugle Hall, Herring said. Shortly after that project the department of facilities wants to work on other buildings on campus. Two of those building are McLean I and Mowrey Hall, the oldest residence halls that stand. Instead of being knocked down, the buildings will be renovated so that they can still be an option for students who wish to live in the older halls. The timeline for these projects is still questionable and will be determined later.
Herring cautions everyone to consider safety while walking around campus; there are a lot of sites where holes go as deep as 20 feet. There are also many construction vehicles and equipment on campus to look out for.
Anyone with questions about the construction should contact the department of facilities by emailing Lance Bryson at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 477-1451.