Campus Improvements Scheduled for Summer 2008

May 23, 2008

Two important projects are underway as part of the university’s 20-year master plan, dedicated to building on the university’s strengths and making improvements that will enhance campus life and learning for students, faculty, staff, visitors, and members of the broader community.

East Entrance to Campus
The university’s master plan provides for landscaping, signage, and walkways to create a safer and more welcoming entrance to campus at the intersection of Alder and North 15th streets. The project benefited from input of campus neighbors at several points during the planning process, and is scheduled to begin the week of May 19 and be completed by the end of August.

The remodeled entrance project includes removal of two houses at the northwest and southwest corners of the intersection, to create greater visibility for pedestrians and cars, and provide a green open space along Alder. The university has developed a Waste Minimization Plan, with a goal of recycling, savlaging, or reusing 90 percent of the materials generated by the demolition. Materials will be sorted by hand or by machine, and include concrete, metal, lumber, and vegetation. Every effort will be made to salvage doors, windows, and other usable materials.  

Although traffic disruption is expected to be minimal, traffic will be reduced to one lane and temporarily closed for a time while road repairs are made and existing sidewalks are upgraded to meet ADA accessibility guidelines. The work will also include the installation of new scored concrete pavement at the intersection to facilitate traffic-slowing and pedestrian crossing. Construction crews will work between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. to minimize impact during evening rush hour.

Construction on the street work associated with this project will begin on Monday, June 9. Single lane and complete intersection closures are planned for the following dates (subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen conditions):

  • June 9 - 25: Intermittent single lane closures on Alder; 15th and Alder entrance to campus closed
  • June 26 - July 2: Intersection closure
  • July 3 - 11: Intermittent single lane closures on Alder; 15th and Alder entrance to campus closed

Facilities Services Complex
The university will break ground this summer for a new Facilities Services complex, moving current operations from the center of campus to Warner and North 9th streets. Six university-owned buildings will be removed and replaced with three new structures. These new buildings have been designed using sustainable materials and adhering to stringent environmental guidelines. This project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2008, and will make way for a key element of the university’s master plan: the planned future construction of a Center for Health Sciences near the site of the former Facilities Services operation. The center will bring together undergraduate programs in psychology and exercise science with graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy, supporting the introduction of a new curriculum in neuroscience. It will also feature easier access and more robust facilities for the occupational and physical therapy clinics that serve the South Sound community.

Environmental responsibility is integral to the mission of University of Puget Sound. The university strives to incorporate sustainable practices into every aspect of campus life and operations. This includes a dedication to the green building of new facilities and retrofitting of existing campus buildings to lessen the impact of the university on the environment. Materials used for new construction come primarily from the Pacific Northwest.

For more information on the university’s activities related to sustainability, please visit www.ups.edu/sustainability.xml.

For more information on the university’s master plan, please visit www.ups.edu/masterplan.xml.