Summer work heats up

Summer is around the corner and on the WSU campuses that means construction and renovation for the upcoming school year.

Among the largest projects on the Pullman campus will be the Cleveland Hall/Education Addition and the Plant Bioscience Building, adjacent to Johnson Hall.

Between Facilities Operations and Capital Planning and Development, the campus should be humming with activity. FacOps has an exceptionally busy summer ahead with minor capital improvements throughout campus.

“This is an unusual summer for FacOps and the minor capital budget,” said Rob Corcoran, assistant director in FacOps. “We were given over $30 million in minor capital funding to help with deferred maintenance, preservation, safety and improvement projects this biennium; therefore, our summer work is probably at least double, if not more. We are tackling some large exterior renovation projects and a lot of indoor work.”

“Basically we have a list of anticipated projects that run from May through September and beyond,” said Keith Bloom, quality assurance office for CPD.

The list includes some 38 different project areas, ranging in scope and time commitment. Some of the larger ones are:

For Pullman:

(In construction phase)
• Research and Education Complex, six buildings, ending 2013.
• Plant Bioscience Building, adjacent to Johnson Hall, part of R & E Complex, ending June 2005.
• Wilmer-Davis Dining Center renovation, construction phase, ending April 2004.
• Campus signage and improvements, construction phase, ending fall 2004.
• Cleveland Hall/Education Addition, construction phase, summer 2005.
• Regents Dining Center renovation, ending August 2004.
(In various design phases)
• Biotechnology/Life Sciences Building, part of R & E Complex, design phase, construction to begin summer 2005.
• Hospital renovation, pre-design phase, ending June 2004.
• Vet Bio-medical Facility, pre-design phase.

For Spokane:
• Academic Center, construction phase begins summer 2004.
For Tri-Cities:

• Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering, in pre-design phase, April 2004.

For Vancouver:
• Student Services Center, in design, awaiting construction funding, anticipated construction start June 2005.

Some traffic obstructions should last about a day, said Bloom. However, longer-term street projects will include chip sealing on Grimes Way and Forest Way, said Corcoran. Also, construction on North Fairways Road near the Student Recreation Center will start in late summer and last more than a year.

“We need to get rid of that dangerous hairpin turn with a better design,” said Bloom.

To stay posted on what is going on this summer, check out either the Capital Planning and Development webpage at

or Facilities Operations at

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