Summer 2017 Campus Construction and Maintenance Projects

Posted on 5/14/2017 8:01:01 PM
Map of IUP showing construction

It will be a summer of mud and fencing… resulting in a stronger physical plant and infrastructure for the university.

Starting today, fencing will be going up in three different locations for the university’s steam line-condensate replacement project. This work will create a more efficient—including cost-efficient—steam heating delivery system to campus buildings.

Work will be done at the intersection of Pratt Drive and Maple Street; at the intersection of Eleventh and Grant streets; and at Pratt to Eleventh Street (parallel to the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology).

Streets will be blocked at the first two locations; the street will be open at the Pratt-Eleventh streets project, but the sidewalk will be blocked or partially blocked.

Facilities Management has created a campus construction map featuring all the affected areas.

The work will continue throughout the summer months, to be completed in August.

This work is separate from the annual Steam Outage, taking place starting today through May 21, when steam lines are cooled and maintenance is done, including checking for problem areas in need of repairs.

“Maintaining our campus facilities, including the campus infrastructure, is all part of keeping our campus safe and our systems as efficient and trouble-free as possible,” Mike Brown, associate vice president for facilities management, said.

“We understand that this on-going work can be an inconvenience, and we appreciate the patience of the university community during this time. The end result of fencing, mud and minor detours throughout the summer is a well-maintained physical plant for our students, our employees and our visitors,” he said.

Information and updates about summer physical plant projects will be published in IUP Daily on a regular basis.

Other planned summer projects include:

  • Grant Street Park. Coordinated with the steam line-condensate project, this will replace the current street with green space. Not only will this provide a gathering place for the university community, it will positively affect the storm water project on campus. The first phase of the project is from Eleventh Street to the Grant Street entry to Putt Hall.
  • Demolition of Leonard Hall. Anticipated start date: mid-June. Abatement of materials will be first. Large dump trucks will remove materials from the building, so sidewalks on either side of the building will be closed and fenced.
  • North Dining Facility. This project is scheduled for completion by late July. During the summer months, the Hadley Union Building parking lot will be realigned to offer access to the building loading dock, asphalt sealing will take place in the lot and new lighting along the pedestrian corridor adjacent to the new facility will be installed.
  • Miller Stadium improvements. The current running surface will be removed and a new surface will be installed. Visitor seating will be removed and replaced, new handicapped accessible restrooms will be construction and on the home side, new handicapped accessible viewing platforms will be constructed and new handrails will be installed.
  • Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement (renovation of Elkin Hall first floor). This project is scheduled for December 2018 completion.
  • New water vaults and backflow preventers. This project will help to ensure the safety of campus water lines. Sites for these projects are: Oak Grove (adjacent to Weyandt Hall); Eicher Hall parking lot and area between the heating plant and the co-generation plant. Fencing will start going up May 22; the work is estimated to take about three weeks to complete.
  • Campus-wide asphalt patching and paving. Project locations are Robertshaw Drive; Fisher Avenue; tennis court lot; Memorial Field House circle; Stright Hall lot; and Zink Hall-Memorial Field House lot.
  • Parking garage. The annual maintenance work, requiring closing of the garage, began today and will continue through May 26. Work planned for later this summer to install cameras in the garage will not require closing of the facility.
  • Memorial Field House exterior stairwell rebuild. This will take place throughout the summer months.
  • Roof replacements at Davis and Pierce Hall. The work will take place in July and August.
  • Stright Hall machine room improvements. This on-going project to increase capacity and reliability of the heating-venting-air conditioning and electrical systems will be completed in June.
  • Installation of lightning monitors at the South Campus field and Cignetti Field. This replaces the current handheld devices in use at those sites. The monitors will offer early warnings about severe weather in addition to forecasting lightning.

In-house projects: Pierce Hall entry replacement (will start this week); Sutton Hall heat exchanger replacement; Memorial Field House pool filter system overall; replacement of pool controllers at both Memorial Field House and Zink Hall pools. The Zink Hall pool will remain open during this work; McElhaney Hall dean suite modifications.