Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Improvement projects enhance Oakland University's campusBy Katie Land, news editor
The face of Oakland University continues to change with many new campus improvements, maintenance work and state-of-the-art projects.
This summer saw numerous improvement projects, including the completion of the new Human Health Building, the beginning of renovations to academic buildings, the installation of a new university sign, the re-working of several campus parking lots, and significant sidewalk repairs.
“We do building assessments every three years to prioritize projects and to manage our budgets,” said Terry Stollsteimer, associate vice president of Facilities Management. “Almost every academic building is worked on every year, from windows and infrastructure maintenance to improved classrooms and labs.”
More than 130 new parking spaces were added to P-1, P-38, and P-32. The P-3 lot has also been re-opened, offering more than a hundred available spaces. Lot P-17 has been revamped to create a better flow of traffic and to accommodate the various vehicles requiring the Recreation Center’s entrance.
Significant projects are in process now in O’Dowd Hall and Hannah Hall.
Work began in August on O’Dowd and will continue through April 2013. There are three simultaneous projects at work, including a renovation of the atrium and curtain wall, a reworking of the mechanical systems and ductwork designed to increase the building’s energy efficiency, and a new voiceover IP project.
The construction at Hannah Hall will run through the 2013 summer months, and will result in new physics, chemistry, and biology labs on the second floor, as well as new gross anatomy and physiology labs on the third floor. This major project requires a complete gut of the interior space, where the walls, ceilings, electrical systems and mechanical systems will all be replaced.
The campus skyline has been changing rapidly with the addition of the new Human Health Building, which will host a grand opening celebration from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. It will change once more with the groundbreaking for the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science Building at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Interactive and printable maps are available at oakland.edu/map
. To learn about new and upcoming campus projects, view the Facilities Management website