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Summer is Time for Construction on Campus
JUNE 17, 2005--Passersby will notice two tall cranes piercing the University
of Wisconsin-River Falls skyline this summer during construction of the
new student union. Both a 35-foot and a 55-foot Grove All-Terrain Crane
are needed to shuttle building material from the ground up as the student
Neon-green shirted workers with hard hats are busy at the site, south
of Cascade Avenue and overlooking the meandering South Fork of the Kinnickinnic
River that bisects campus.
"The shirts are a safety precaution so the crane operators can easily
see the workers on top of the construction," says Jeremy Drake, a
field engineer for Market & Johnson of Eau Claire, general contractor
for the project. Other contractors include Halverson Bros. Plumbing &
Heating of Menonomie, B&B Electric Inc. of Eau Claire and Scheck Mechanical
Wisconsin Corp. (HVAC) of Kaukauna.
Plenty of yellow caution tape, orange fences and gates and gold signs
warn of construction traffic as well as a closed area of the campus service
road from Sixth Street west to Fourth Street. Vehicle access to Hathorn
Hall and Wyman Education Building is restricted to the Third Street campus
entry, but access to the Regional Development Institute is still available
via Sixth Street.
The student union is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2007.
Designed to be economically and environmentally sustainable, the $34 million
facility was funded entirely by student fees.
A 12,300-square-foot addition to the Knowles Physical Education and Recreation
Building will be completed in time for the Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training
Camp arrival at the University on July 28, says Tim Thum, UW-RF project
engineer. The addition includes locker rooms, restroom and shower areas,
a training room and work room, remodeling for offices and a laundry area
as well as the installation of air conditioning.
Starting in late August, a new floor will be installed in the Knowles
building. While the building is typically closed for public recreation
in the summer, it will also be closed in the fall while the new flooring
is installed. Call 715/425-3381 for revised hours; schedules are also
available in the lobby.
New tennis courts are underway off the paved trail from campus to Knowles
and the Ramer Field Sports Complex. The old railroad right-away trail
also runs near the courts, which will be open to the public when not in
use by university classes or athletic teams. Courts available to the public
are also located at the east end of campus near the residence halls and
the new George R. Field South Fork Suites.
The new George R. Field South Fork Suites will open its doors to student
residents this fall, and meeting and conference rooms are already in use
this summer. Community, staff and students previewed the hall at a dedication
honoring former Chancellor George R. Field in May. Some 240 students will
live in 60, four-person fully-equipped apartments. Each wing per floor
also has a community kitchen, lounge area and laundry room. The $11 million
facility was funded entirely by student fees.
Other construction projects on campus include removal of asbestos in North
Hall, repair to campus sidewalks, and window replacement for older buildings
including Prucha Hall and the Maintenance and Central Stores Building.
"We have about 60 projects going on," says Waldo Hagen, director
of facilities management at UW-RF. "This is the busiest time of the
year for us as this is the time when we can get into buildings with the
least disruption for students, faculty and staff."
Both the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building and South Hall will receive new
exterior doors. Masonry will be repaired at Prucha and Stratton halls,
and the campus expects to resurface the Ramer Field track before the arrival
of the Kansas City Chiefs.
"In addition to those projects, there are roofing, roads, parking
lots and walk maintenance projects coming up," says Jim Murphy, facilities
management engineer at UW-RF. Currently in progress is remodeling of the
human resources offices in North Hall and various lab modernization projects,
including in the Ag Science Building.
The River Falls Municipal Utility has begun a project to replace the sanitary
sewer trunk main at the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic, Murphy said. "This
will affect the campus in that there will be pipe extended on the surface
near the stream, from the Ag Engineering Building on the west end of campus
to a point upstream near the campus heating plant."
The project has necessitated lane restrictions on South Main Street near
the bridge over the South Fork.
"Visitors will notice the pipe," says Dale Braun, campus planner.
"Atypical of most projects, this pipe will be constructed on blocks
above ground, one long piece stretching almost the length of campus. Its
construction has been coordinated to prevent lengthy closures of the walking
trails near the Wall Amphitheatre and heating plant. Once all put together
and tested, it will be pulled into a hole directionally bored to the west.
The project should conclude in the fall."
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