Summer 2015 Construction Update

The following projects will be underway during summer 2015. 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.


Jones Hall. Facilities Services is completing electronic security upgrades at selected locations on campus, including the five exterior doors at Jones Hall. Contractors will begin work on Monday, June 29, and work will be completed on Thursday, July 2. While work is underway, contractors will be working at the entry doors and other areas as required. We do not anticipate blocking access to exterior doors during the work. While we will make efforts to mitigate disruption, it is possible that there may be some noise and dust associated with this work.

Please contact Facilities Services at 253.879.3231 if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support as we complete these important upgrades.

UPDATED MAY 13, 2015

Athletics and Aquatics Center. A key priority in the One [of a Kind] comprehensive campaign, construction of the Athletics and Aquatics Center will begin on May 18, immediately after Commencement. Varsity locker rooms, sports medicine renovations, and limited renovations in the Fieldhouse, including the existing Athletics administration offices, the concession area, and laundry facilities, will be completed this August. The fitness center, which will ultimately nearly double in size, will be completed in two phases – the fitness addition will open during the spring 2016 semester and the renovated existing fitness area will open by fall 2016. The natatorium and Athletics administrative offices addition will also open by fall 2016.

Construction will impact both the current Athletics facilities and the Fieldhouse parking lot for the duration of the project. Changing conditions will be communicated using comprehensive signage and updates on the Athletics website. Upcoming impacts include:

  • Recreational facilities normally open to the campus community, such as the Fitness Center and Tennis Pavilion, will be closed from May 18 through May 25, re-opening on May 26.
  • Locker rooms will be closed beginning May 18, and will open in August. During the closure, day- use lockers and showers will be available in Warner Gym.
  • The elevator will be taken off-line on May 23, immediately after the Staff Recognition Luncheon. A new elevator will provide access to the second floor in mid-August.
  • The climbing wall and racquetball courts will be closed beginning May 18 and we expect to open the climbing wall and a racquetball court in January 2016.
  • The Fieldhouse main entry will be open at all times during the project and will be used to access the fitness and tennis facilities.
  • The main Athletics administrative offices will be temporarily located in Fieldhouse Room 201 during the summer while the existing offices are renovated. Athletics administration will move back to its current location in mid-August until summer 2016, when staff members move in to offices in the new addition.
  • The Fieldhouse parking lot will remain open for the duration of the project, although with an adjusted parking capacity to accommodate construction site activity.

 More information is available on the Athletics & Aquatics Center website.

McIntyre 103. We will address maintenance needs in order to improve McIntyre 103. New finishes, lighting, ceilings, and acoustic treatments will be provided, and the existing furniture will  be refurbished. The work will begin after Commencement and be complete in early July. 

Seward Hall restrooms. As part of our ongoing residential improvements and maintenance, restrooms in Seward Hall will be completely renovated this summer. New plumbing fixtures, an enhanced mechanical system, and new finishes will be installed. A gender-neutral restroom will be created on the ground floor. The project will begin after Commencement.

Residential house improvements. Also as part of our residential maintenance program, we are completing extensive maintenance and improvements at 12 residential campus houses. Scopes vary depending upon the individual needs of each house, but work may include interior and exterior paint, roofing, flooring, kitchens, and restroom upgrades.

Wheelock Student Center. As a follow-up to the recent renovation, which was primarily focused on the kitchen and dining facilities, we are making programmatic and cosmetic improvements in the public areas and updating building wayfinding signage. The end result will be a vibrant, student-centered space that is both functional and complementary to the recent work in the servery and dining areas.

Key card access. We are installing key card access at strategic exterior doors and other electronic security measures at eight critical facilities this summer, including Howarth, Jones, McIntyre, and Wyatt halls, Wheelock Student Center, Kilworth Chapel, the Fieldhouse, and Warner Gym.

Exterior signage. Following the successful implementation of Phase 1 (information kiosks) of the exterior signage master plan last year, Phase II will be completed this summer, including exterior building signage, parking signage, and vehicular wayfinding signage.

Jones Hall. An accessible gender-neutral restroom will be created on the ground floor of Jones Hall and the women’s restroom on the second floor will be fully renovated, including new  plumbing fixtures and finishes. We will improve finishes and signage in public corridors during the same timeframe. The work is scheduled to begin after Commencement and be complete in July. [See additional information for building residents, below.]

Kittredge Hall restroom and main lobby. A gender-neutral restroom will be created on the second floor of Kittredge Hall, along with some improvements in the main lobby. The work will begin in late June.

Major exterior maintenance. We will complete major maintenance at selected building exteriors campus wide, including roofing, masonry, exterior wood, and sheet metal. We will communicate schedules and scopes for each facility with building occupants. 

Infrastructure. Ongoing improvements to our critical utility infrastructure systems will continue this summer. Work will primarily take place south of 11th Street, near the Athletics facilities, however other campus locations will also be impacted. We will provide advanced notification of required outages to affected members of the campus community.

UPDATED MAY 12, 2015

Jones Hall Renovation Update

Work is scheduled to begin Monday, May 18, and includes creating an accessible gender neutral restroom on the ground floor in the location of the current men’s restroom, improving the ground floor kitchenette, renovating the women’s second floor restroom, and updating the ground, second, and third floor public corridors with new carpet, paint, and hallway signage. 

Areas of work. Work will be limited to the men’s ground floor restroom, the ground floor kitchenette, the women’s second floor restroom, the ground, second, and third floor public corridors.

Project duration. Work at the restrooms and kitchenette will begin on Monday, May 18 and be completed by Thursday, July 23. Most work will be performed during business hours. Work in the corridors will begin Monday, July 6 and will be completed by Thursday, July 23. Corridor painting and carpeting work will be completed between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. to minimize disruption to building operations.

Access. The men’s ground floor restroom, the ground floor kitchenette and the women’s second floor bathroom will be unavailable during construction. The ground, second, and third floor public corridors will have limited access during construction between the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. The corridors will normally be accessible between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Vending machines. Ground floor vending machines will be unavailable between Monday, May 18 and Thursday, July 23.

Safety. Appropriate signage will be posted and work areas will be isolated 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 and signage.
More information. Please contact Chris Brookins, manager of special construction projects, 253.229.8110, at any time during the project if you have any questions or concerns.