Summer 2014 Construction Update

The following projects will be underway during summer 2014. As always we strive to minimize disruption to the campus community, and are happy to respond to your questions and concerns. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work to maintain and improve our campus environment.

JULY 30, 2014

Jones Hall Update

Thank you for your patience during the recent main entry closure to allow contractors to complete interior work as well as exterior masonry maintenance. The main entry will reopen at the end of the day August 1. 

After August 1, normal paths of travel may be used to access the Office of the President and the Academic Vice President’s office for the remainder of the project. At times, the pathways may be protected from adjacent construction using methods such as temporary barriers and dust protection as needed. We will continue to make safety a priority, utilizing tools such as signage, strategically scheduling some work outside of normal business hours, and a comprehensive indoor air quality monitoring plan.

The project is on schedule and is expected to be completed by the end of the day on August 15.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Chris Brookins, 253.229.8110 or 

 MAY 13, 2014

Jones Hall Update

  • Project duration.  The work will begin Monday, May 19 and be complete Friday, August 15.
  • Area of work.  Most work will be limited to the south end of the first floor, however there will also be minor work in the basement and at the main stairwell.
  • Access to the President’s Office and Dean’s Office. Access will be maintained throughout the summer. From July 14 through August 1 there will not be elevator access to these two areas.
  • Building entry closure. The main entrance to Jones Hall will be closed from July 14 through August 1. All other entries will be open during this time period.
  • Power outage. As part of the Jones Hall Improvement project there will be a scheduled power shutdown in Jones Hall on Saturday, May 31 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.  The areas affected by the power outage include the construction area, President’s Office and the Associate Dean’s Office. 
  • Safety. We are taking steps such as implementing a comprehensive indoor air quality control plan, constructing temporary walls, and posting appropriate signage during the project to ensure occupants’ safety and well-being.  
  • Communication. To keep occupants apprised of the project and potential impacts, we will communicate project information through email messages, signage, and this website.

Please direct questions or concerns about the Jones Hall project to Chris Brookins, project manager, at 253.229.8110 or

APRIL 17, 2014

Wheelock Student Center

New addition completed week of May 12. This includes all areas of the new addition, including a larger kitchen space on the first floor, and a dining room, meeting rooms, and staff offices on the second floor. In late May the Student Media House will be relocating from its current campus house to spaces in Wheelock.

Wheelock parking lot. Although construction trailers will remain in the Wheelock parking lot throughout the summer, the dry storage trailers and freezers will be removed and the trash and recycling bins will be relocated by mid-May.

Servery expansion begins the week of May 19. Immediately following Commencement, the renovation and expansion of the existing servery will begin. Related improvements include a new passenger elevator, upgraded and accessible first and second floor restrooms, and interior upgrades in the basement and second floor corridors.

Temporary servery and dining spaces. Beginning May 19, the servery will be closed and Diversions Cafe will offer expanded food options Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Faculty and staff will also have a buffet option in Marshall Hall when conferences are on campus.  Seating areas will be available in the new addition and the Rotunda, and on a limited basis in Marshall Hall. The servery will reopen prior to the beginning of fall semester.

Construction days and times. Please note that construction crews may work extended hours or on weekends as needed to complete this project prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

New Faculty Club

As approved by the board of the Faculty Club, Facilities Services will renovate 1302 N. Alder (the current site of the Student Media House) to serve the needs of the club after Student Media moves to the Wheelock Student Center 001 suite in May.

The new Club location will feature more square footage, accessibility upgrades, original hardwood flooring, new finishes inside and out, and a fenced yard. The building will be completed before students return in August. The NIWA house, which currently houses the Faculty Club and is located immediately east of Wheelock, will be removed and the site converted to open space to allow for improved access for deliveries to Wheelock. For more information about the new Club location, please contact Professor Priti Joshi. 

Jones Hall

First floor.  Beginning May 19, we will begin addressing various maintenance and accessibility issues. These include enlarging and reconfiguring public restrooms to become fully ADA compliant; creation of a prospective student information session area where the welcome desk is currently located; and related work in the main entry, lobby, stairs, and south corridor.  An information will be held for occupants of Jones Hall on Wednesday, April 30.

Exterior. Exterior routine maintenance to be scheduled includes work on the masonry stairs, walls, and caps at the main entrance to the building.

Admission temporary relocation to Commencement Hall.  Jones Hall will remain open throughout the summer, but the admission staff located on the first floor will relocate to Jones 202 and to Commencement Hall (second floor west suite, accessed from the arcade) in order to better meet the needs of prospective students and their families during the summer.

Howarth Hall

Two fully accessible restrooms will be created on the ground floor of Howarth Hall. The restrooms will serve building occupants as well as faculty and staff applicants and other visitors to Human Resources. The Mother’s Room will move to a new location on the ground floor of Howarth near the restrooms. This work is currently being scheduled.

Kittredge Hall

Kittredge Hall classroom 202 will be renovated, including finishes, lighting, casework, plumbing, and replacement windows. Other building maintenance issues will also be addressed, including some work in the public corridors. This work is currently being scheduled.

Electrical Infrastructure Expansion

Ongoing improvements to our electrical infrastructure system will continue this summer with work planned in the south residential quad (Seward, Regester, Todd, Phibbs, and Trimble halls), as well as Jones and Howarth halls. The work will require planned power outages at affected buildings, which will be communicated to occupants well in advance.