Wednesday June 7, 2006

Hard Hat Zone

UD to complete more than $13 million in construction projects this summer.

The south wing of the University of Dayton’s Marycrest Residence Complex is getting a $9 million makeover.

Air conditioning is being added to the south wing of the building, which houses the University’s first-year students. It also will receive new windows, updated lighting and more community spaces. Crews are painting walls, covering up the pink tile in the hallways, upgrading the elevators, installing additional power outlets in students’ rooms and renovating rooms for resident assistants. Plans call for two RAs to live on each floor of the residence hall rather than one.

In addition, the south wing bathrooms have been gutted so new plumbing, fixtures and lighting can be installed. While Marycrest residents will still use community bathrooms, they will have more privacy, said Beth Keyes, executive director of facilities management.

Also this summer, wireless access points are being added to the entire Marycrest Residence Complex. It will be the fourth UD residence hall with full wireless access, which also is available in all UD-owned houses in the student neighborhood. UD now has more than 800 wireless access points throughout campus, and the University continues to be recognized as one of the leading wireless campuses in the nation. In fall 2005, Intel Corporation ranked UD 16th on its list of the “most unwired college campuses.”

Students will move into the renovated south wing this August before fall-term classes begin, then the two other wings of Marycrest will be renovated during the following summers.

As in past summers, UD’s campus has turned into a hard-hat zone. In all, the projects represent a more than $13 million commitment by the University of Dayton to maintain and improve its campus facilities.

A number of projects are either currently or soon-to-be underway.

• The building that most recently housed UD’s post office is being transformed into the UD Heritage Center, which will be home to displays chronicling the University’s history, as well as its Catholic, Marianist heritage and mission.

• Two additions and some renovations are being made to the University of Dayton Research Institute’s Shroyer Park Center, creating additional lab space for UDRI.   

• The second floor of the College Park Center on Brown Street is being remodeled to accommodate UD’s new doctor of physical therapy program, which will launch in August.

• The stained glass windows in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception are being restored then re-installed.

• Chaminade Hall, home of UD’s School of Education and Allied Professions, is being topped with a new roof.

• A meeting room in Kennedy Union is being remodeled.

• Five classrooms in various locations throughout campus will receive new finishes, paint, carpet, furniture and lighting.

Also, work on some ongoing projects is continuing this summer. The first floor of Kettering Labs, which houses some UDRI researchers and UD’s School of Engineering, is being renovated in the next phase of a project that transformed the building’s entrance and added space last summer. Also this summer, administrators hope to begin the fourth phase, the construction of the School of Engineering’s Innovation Center, according to Leslie Groesbeck, associate director for facilities planning and construction management. 

Several smaller projects also are on UD’s to-do list. Those include the installation of a new roof on a section of Virginia W. Kettering Residence Hall, a new heating system for Campus South Residence Hall, and heating and air conditioning upgrades in St. Joseph’s Hall. In addition, $600,000 in repairs will be made in UD’s student neighborhoods, where houses will receive coats of paint or new siding and sidewalks and curbs will be mended.

For media interviews, contact Beth Keyes at 937-229-3769.