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Summer Construction Season Underway at UWRF  

JUNE 6, 2008--Several construction and renovation projects are scheduled for the summer of 2008 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Many of the updates related to energy efficiency, according to Mike Stifter, director of facilities management.

Residential buildings across campus are preparing to be cleaned and updated based on priorities for energy efficiency.  

Perhaps the biggest undertaking this summer is the Kleinpell Fine Arts building ventilation project. Phase one of the two-year plan began after spring semester. The second and third floors, including all offices and classrooms, are vacated. In addition to routine painting and cleaning, the entire ventilation system will be replaced along with ceiling tiles, lighting, and floors. New furniture will also be supplied once the renovations are complete. Renovations also will be made to the Abbott Concert Hall stage and the building will be re-keyed.  

The air conditioning systems in the Wyman Education Building will be updated. Occupancy sensors will be installed to help calibrate airflow, for automatic control of the heating or cooling when the room is vacant. Wyman will also have new lighting installed will save about 10 percent of the energy currently required for for lighting, said Stifter.

Two new chillers will be installed in the basements of the KFA and the Centennial Science Hall as a part of the Chilled Water Project along with the installation of new ground piping. This project is set to help with energy efficiency and solve reliability issues in the buildings. Sixth Street is closed June 5-6 for this project.

East Hathorn Hall is scheduled to have bathrooms renovated along with the instillation of a backup generator. The generator is included in the renovation process as a precautionary devise for IT Services. Along with those in Parker Hall, residential rooms in Hathorn will receive new floor tile, paint, insulation, doors, hardware, closet storage, lighting, and furniture. May, McMillan, and Prucha will also be having parts of the roof replaced.

The Melvin Wall Amphitheatre will be getting a major facelift this summer. The shell will be sandblasted, cleaned and repaired. This should not affect the Tuesday night Summer Concert Series, staff say.

The UWRF campus landscape is also set to be spruced up. Along with turf maintenance, flower planters will be built in several areas, and flowers, trees, and shrubs will be planted campus-wide to help enhance the aesthetic and natural environment.

A mall concept will be developed this summer, with plans to plant trees and add sidewalks between Third and Sixth streets. The athletic and childcare facilities are also due for an exterior rejuvenation. The grounds maintenance department is scheduled to create 31 new exterior signs, including a sign for a Martin Luther King Jr. sculpture, reinstalled on the KFA lawn.  

The grounds at University's Mann Valley Farm Lab Farm No. 2 will get some attention. Lab Farm No. 1 will receive a new emergency generator and water and sewer utilities from Wasson Lane will be extended to the farm for service equipment and fire protection. Demolition on the old dairy building will also take place along with the replacement of a building that burned last fall.  


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