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Construction projects continue throughout campus

Construction projects continue throughout campus

Landscaping project at Wooten Hall was proposed by students in hopes to create a better entrance to the building. Photo By Nicole Arnold/Senior Staff Photographer

Construction projects continue throughout campus
January 15
21:27 2013

Mearl Colaco / Intern

UNT is currently undergoing multiple construction projects around campus, including renovations in Wooten Hall, the Science Research Building and with the Campus Lighting Project.

The university’s facilities department is responsible for planning, renovating, maintaining and repairing of university buildings and facilities. According to the monthly Construction Obstruction Report, all of the projects should be completed by the end of the month, except the Science Research Building.

The students first brought the project for Wooten Hall to UNT’s attention, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Charles Jackson said.

“Students approached the Vice Chancellor of Administrative services a few years back and proposed a better entrance to the building,” he said. “Well, this is exactly what we plan to do today.”

Many students have complained about the inconvenience because of the sidewalk fencing at the east and north side of the Science Research Building.

“There is certainly a lot of inconvenience caused due to the blocking of the pedestrian walkway for a long time now,” pre-biology senior Alfred Hall said.

The work at the Science Research Center involves an upgrade of the entire building to improve the air-conditioning, heating and electrical systems. However, the project is currently on hold since there are major water leaks in the building needing to be fixed before work resumes. The walkway fencing is for safety to prevent loose bricks from the building from falling on pedestrians.

Jackson said students will have to be patient.

“Work at the Science Research Building is held up, but a decision should be made in the spring of 2013 when the State Legislation meets to make a decision on the commencement of work at the building,” he said.

The campus will be well lit this spring with more lighting projects underway this month. The new lighting is necessary because the trees have grown so tall that light from taller lamps doesn’t reach the ground anymore.

The facilities department is also open to suggestions from students,, similar to the renovation of Wooten Hall, Jackson said. He said if students face any inconveniences, they can approach the facilities department directly with their complaints, but he also requests students to understand that construction is an ongoing task to keep the buildings on campus in good condition.

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