Lion - Spring 2019 - Under Construction: Updates From Projects Around Campus

Lion - Spring 2019 - Under Construction: Updates From Projects Around Campus

A University steering committee, as well as faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the Board of Trustees, are working with Sasaki, a global design firm to develop a facilities master plan. The plan’s scope includes short-, medium- and long-term plans for capital improvements, including projects that address deferred maintenance, space utilization, historic preservation, student housing, athletics and technology. The plan is expected to be completed later this spring.

Construction, renovation or architectural/design work for such projects is currently underway for several different campus facilities. These include:

John Miller Dickey Hall Renovation With construction contracts for the $17.5 million project awarded in December by the Department of General Services (DGS), the renovation of Dickey Hall is now underway. The renovations will provide space for the Business and Entrepreneurial Studies, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, History and IT departments.

Azikiwe-Nkrumah Hall Restoration and Renovation The project will preserve many of the building’s historic elements while enhancing functionality for Institutional Advancement’s new home. The design work, which is already underway, will be completed by the fall and construction contracts should be awarded later this year.

Amos Hall Restoration, Renovation and New Addition An architectural firm was awarded the $15 million design contract for the renovation of and an addition to Amos Hall. A team of design professionals, including a utilities surveyor, a historic preservationist and building conservator, and a museum/exhibition consultant, prepared reports and documentation of existing conditions at the building and site. The new program will include spaces for the African Art and Material Culture collection, a gallery, art studios, relocation of the IT hub currently in the basement of the existing structure, faculty offices, and classroom and seminar space. The design work is expected to be completed by late 2019, with construction beginning by fall 2020.

Vail Memorial Hall Renovation Recommendations for an architectural firm to document the renovation of the hall have been forwarded to the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS). The $15 million project includes restoring this historic building and adding administrative offices. The design work is expected to begin this March or April.

Outdoor Track and Outdoor Basketball Court Lincoln and the State DGS initiated this $1.5 million project last summer. Negotiations are currently underway with a selected vendor. However, the project will require a lengthy environmental permitting process so construction will be deferred until summer 2020.

Cresson Hall Restoration An architectural firm will be selected next year for this $20 million project, which will create more student residential space in this area of campus.