Campus changes, big and small, fill summer work agendas













By Debbie Clark, Editor

Fall flowers are nestled in their beds. Some longtime staff members have packed up and moved to new quarters. New hires have moved into vacated offices. Parking lots and roadways have been patched. There is new curbing, a refurbished walkway, a new retaining wall.

In some buildings, perhaps the walls are a little brighter, or the plumbing is a bit more efficient. Some student residents may find new furniture in their lounge or new sinks in their bathrooms.

These are the many tasks that have busied the Alfred University (AU) physical plant crews while students and most faculty have been away from campus.

As fall semester gets under way, many on campus are unaware of the number of the hours put in each summer to ready the infrastructure for the next academic year.

It’s typical summer toil, says Mike Neiderbach, Alfred University’s executive director of capital operations/legal affairs.

This summer another Pine Hill apartment, housing some 60 students, received a makeover – updated bathrooms, new flooring, spruced-up common area and some new furniture. The ongoing plan is to do one Pine Hill renovation each summer, said Neiderbach.

A musical chairs move, of sorts, took place among Student Affairs and Administrative staffers. The Student Affairs vice president, dean of students and their respective secretaries moved from the second-floor of Carnegie Hall administration building on Main Street into the main (second) floor of Powell Campus Center, while the Student Activities folks who had “lived” there have moved down to the first floor of Powell. The Provost Office personnel moved from the third to second floor of Carnegie.

Additional summer of 2013 campus work included assisting with AVI Fresh’s major reconfiguration of the third-floor Powell dining area (See related article) and continuing the upgrades to the campus heating plant, particularly the addition of another of high-efficiency boiler. This ongoing placement of satellite boilers is already leading to operational cost savings in the amount of natural gas used throughout the campus, said Neiderbach. Eventually the entire campus will be heated via these high-efficiency, boilers rather than through a centralized heating plant, he explained.

Unquestionably the most visible physical work being performed this summer on campus was the ongoing construction of the McLane annex.

AU officially broke ground Oct. 11, 2012 for an addition to its physical education facilities. The McLane Center Annex is the centerpiece of a $14.5 million capital campaign, “Score One for AU,” the first major effort to raise funds for athletics and recreational facilities at the University in 40 years.

When completed, the addition at the north end of McLane Physical Education Center will house an indoor, four-lane track, three basketball courts, men’s and women’s locker rooms, storage areas, and an elevator leading to the street level entrance of McLane. The recreation center will provide a training facility for the Saxon track teams and the courts will help accommodate the University’s intramural programs. The new facility will connect to the main McLane Center building via the football office annex. At the west end of the 33,000-square-foot facility will be a multi-purpose room for community-oriented activities like yoga, Zumba, and martial arts, along with an office and some room for storage.

Neiderbach predicts the new facility will be completed in early 2014. Just in time to set the agenda for summer 2014’s infrastructure work. First on the list? Renovations of the main gymnasium in the McLane Center. A gift from Terry S. Galanis, Sr., ’40 and his son, Terry S. Galanis, Jr., a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, and their families, will allow the first major renovation of the gymnasium since it was built in 1971. Updates will include a new floor, new bleachers, and a new sound system.










1 response to “Campus changes, big and small, fill summer work agendas”

  1. Janice Smith Says:
    I remember the opening of the "new" gym in September 1971, when I first got to Alfred..what a thrill there to see such a nice facility and hear and see Don Meredith speak at that opening...!

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