The department of physical resources has been busy this summer with a number of projects across campus. It seems like on every corner work is being done to create new spaces or improve current ones.
At the end of the week, workmen will begin tearing down three University-owned houses to make room for additional parking on the north side of campus. The new lot will provide space for approximately 120 additional cars. and enhance parking for commuting students and visitors using the Burks American Heritage Building, the student center and the McInteer. Until then, the Searcy fire department is using the space each morning for training exercises.
Construction on the first ladies garden is coming along. Located in between Legacy Park and Stevens and Shores women’s dorms, the garden will recognize past, present and future first ladies and will include five distinct gardens, a colonnade, a water feature with a sculpture, benches placed throughout for seating, and an outdoor classroom.
In addition to those new spaces, the track in First Security Stadium is getting a makeover. The process involves taking up the old track, paving, curing, putting down the new track, striping, and more curing. The improvements to the track will benefit a number of our athletic teams who train there and the entire campus community.
Central to student activity, the Hammon Student Center is undergoing a few renovations. The Center for Student Success on the second floor is expanding into the old space that housed student publications. On the first floor, Taco Bell is spreading out in their current space, Einstein Bros Bagles will be making a home, and the HUM is turning into a P.O.D. (Provisions On Demand) Market and increasing in square footage.
Next on the construction agenda is the $4 million renovation and expansion of Rhodes Field House and $2 million renovation of Ganus Athletic Center.
Hannah Owens, director of news services