Campus construction season ramps up

With the warming weather comes construction season, and it’s going to be a busy one for YSU.

Work is slated to begin this summer on four major campus projects totaling nearly $8.6 million, including construction of a new Veterans Resource Center and major renovations to Melnick, Cushwa and DeBartolo halls.

An additional $2.9 million will be expended on a series of other projects ranging from elevator upgrades to roof renovations.

In all, the projects total more than $10 million.

“We have had a very busy past several months planning a variety of campus improvement projects, and this summer they are all moving into the construction phase,” said Gene Grilli, vice president for Finance and Administration. “We look forward to seeing these projects take shape.”

Veterans Resource Center: The $1 million center will be constructed on Wick Avenue between Pollock House and Melnick Hall and will house the YSU Office of Veterans Affairs. The project is part of the university’s continued efforts to help military veterans and service members transition to and succeed as university students. The project will be funded via bond proceeds; private gifts will be used to retire the debt from the bond proceeds. Construction should be finished spring 2014.

Melnick Hall: While the Veterans Resource Center is new construction, the other projects getting underway this summer represent major renovations to existing buildings. Melnick Hall on Wick Avenue will undergo a $4.5 million overhaul to turn the building into a communication/media hub. WYSU-FM, Rookery Radio, The Jambar, the NewsOutlet, the Journalism program and some elements of the Telecommunications program will be relocated into the renovated building. The project, funded with a combination of state capital money and university bond proceeds, should be finished by spring 2014.

Cushwa and DeBartolo halls: Interior renovations totaling nearly $3.5 million are slated for Cushwa and DeBartolo, including upgraded finishes in faculty and staff offices, corridors and public spaces and improved mechanical equipment and lighting. Both projects should be finished by the start of the fall semester in August. A second phase of improvements in DeBartolo will take place next summer. The improvements will be funded with a combination of state capital money and university bond proceeds.

Other projects expected to take place this summer include:

  • Campus roof renovations, including Kilcawley House, $2 million.
  • Repair/replace broken walkways, steps and driveways across campus, $360,000.
  • Repairs to sections of the utility tunnel under Kilcawley Center loading dock, $200,000.
  • Renovations to the 6th and 7th floors of Kilcawley House residence hall, $100,000.

In addition, the $4.3 million sports complex project on Fifth Avenue across from Stambaugh Stadium should be finished this summer. The final parts of the project include a restroom/concession building, softball dugouts and bleachers. The project, funded through university bond proceeds and private dollars, includes a new soccer field, track and softball field.