Raintree Hall North Patio Project
Another major campus project taking place over the fall was Phase 1 of a patio project located at the north end of Raintree Hall. The project is designed to help alleviate water buildup in the area and to allow for greater use of the space during warm weather months. Linking the new patio to the development work on the old Tamarack site, the Office of University Architect developed the design plan in 2012. The concrete work for the new patio was completed during the Fall Semester, 2012. Administration is purchasing new outdoor furniture for the patio area and new landscaping also will be added later in 2013. The project should be completed with the new furniture and landscaping in place by late spring/early summer 2013.
Sewer Lines and Lift Station Project (done in conjunction with Gary Sanitary District)
The University has been working with the Gary Sanitary District on a major sewer project that is expected to provide substantial assistance to the campus (and the surrounding neighborhood) with the removal of storm water during heavy rains.
The first phase of the project included the installation of new sewer lines down Connecticut from Ridge Road to the Little Calumet River and the construction of a new pumping station near Connecticut at 33rd Ave. Phase one of the project also included the construction of lines under Broadway along 33rd and 35th. Phase 2 of the project will include connecting with the new sewer lines W of 33rd and 35th to serve the main campus. The University has retained an engineering firm to develop a project design that will best allow it to connect to the new sewer.
Upgrade to Food Service Facilities
Phase I in a planned multi-phase upgrade to facilities used for campus food services began this summer and was substantially completed by the end of 2012. Phase I included infrastructure upgrades to the plumbing and electrical systems and the installation of some new equipment at the RedHawk Café in Moraine and the Little RedHawk Café, located in the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center.
Additional work is expected to occur over the next two summers, including project work within the cafeteria kitchen and serving areas. The project results from a feasibility study for remodeling the campus cafeteria conducted in the spring 2012.
Portage University Center
Assisting Academic Affairs, and working with AA, IT, University Real Estate and others, individuals within Administration have helped to develop the lease for and to transition classes from the former Portage Commons site location to a new academic site located at 6260 Central Avenue, Portage. The new 30,000+ square-foot facility offers a great venue for course offerings.
For details and a picture of the new site building, please see the campus press release available at: http://www.iun.edu/%7enewsnw/press_release/2012/08-17-2012_portageuniversitycenter.shtml.
Raintree HVAC Plumbing Replacement
Individuals in Administration have been working with the University Architect’s Office on a major campus project involving the replacement of piping in Raintree Hall. Replacing ceiling and lighting on the first floor of RH is part of the project’s scope. Bids have been reviewed and a bidder awarded. The plan is to begin project construction as soon as the Spring Semester, 2013 ends.
Examples of Other, Facility-Related Projects
A number of smaller facility-related projects or planning activities involving Administration personnel (along with others) took place over the last months, including, for example:
- During 2012, new furniture and carpeting were installed within the John W. Anderson Library/Conference Center’s conference room 140A. Additional carpeting projects are planned for a few campus locations in the near future, assuming funding availability.
- Various floor and ceiling repairs and painting projects occurred and, in Marram Hall, fan repairs/VFD replacements took place.
- Broken classroom furniture will be replaced in Marram rooms 111,115,119, and 123. Also, assuming available funding, Administration will seek to replace some furniture in Savannah.
- New building office directories were placed in Hawthorn Hall (these allow for easy information updates). Eventually, the new directories will be placed throughout campus buildings. In addition, Administration is working with the I.U. Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity to acquire specific addresses for campus buildings (beyond the aggregate 3400 Broadway address). The purpose of this project is to provide individualized addressing to serve external emergency management personnel, who may be called to campus in an emergency. The new addresses will eventually be displayed on new exterior building signage.
- Design work will begin soon on a remodel for the Hawthorn Hall first-floor restrooms. Assuming funding is available, renovations may begin as early as 2013.
- Some recently acquired university buildings that are vacant will be demolished over the next several weeks as part of a neighborhood partnership effort between IU Northwest and the City of Gary.
- Equipment platforms and stairs will be placed soon on the Moraine Hall roof, and an ARC Flash Study of the campus electric grid is on-going. These are employee work safety projects.
- Environmental Health & Safety assisted facility safety over the past months with safety audits of labs, conducting fire alarm testing, and identifying Emergency Action Plan building representatives and training those representatives.