Building for tomorrow
Thursday, December 6, 2007
The student dining hall was renovated this summer, at a cost of $1.5 million in order to improve traffic flow, service to students and the dining experience. The look and color scheme were changed to create a warmer, more comfortable atmosphere, students now have a grab n’ go station for pickup meals, a sauté station allows students to customize their meals and there’s a new stone pizza oven. Last year Sodexho, the campus dining provider, served an average of 30,000 meals a week at Garvey Commons.
Robert H. Wick Science Building additionGround was broken this spring for an $11.3 million annex to the Robert H. Wick Science Building. The project, which will add 24,000 square feet of lab classroom space to the building, is targeted for completion in December 2008.
The initiative was prompted in part by establishment, in 2002, of a nursing program that has trained a total of 128 registered nurse candidates. The popular program has dramatically increased the number of St. Cloud State students taking entry-level biology and chemistry programs to prepare for a possible nursing major. The annex will support research in such areas as cancer and kidney disease, immunology, genetics and water toxicology.
Riverview HallThe oldest classroom building on campus, Riverview, built in 1913 as a laboratory school, is scheduled for a $4.5 million renovation to be completed in 2009. While its historic integrity will be maintained, the building will receive new windows, masonry repairs, code corrections, a ventilation system, air conditioning and classroom repairs. During the last three years the building’s cupola was replaced with a historically accurate reproduction and the roof was replaced in anticipation of the current project. Riverview Hall is on the National Register of Historic Structures.
Parking RampConstruction is under way on a 500-stall parking ramp west of Hill-Case Hall and north of the Miller Center. Funds from University operations and $5 million in revenue bonds are being used to finance the $9 million project. When completed in summer 2008 the ramp will have three levels with room for 200 overnight slots for students and 300 daily slots for visitors. The ramp is designed to accommodate additional levels in the future.
Public Safety Center
More than 50 student officers and dispatchers will move with staff of the St. Cloud State Department of Public Safety to new quarters in summer 2008. The one-floor, 5,000-square-foot facility will be adjacent to the new parking ramp along Fourth Avenue. The department had been housed in the 1,800-square-foot space that served before 1997 as Building and Grounds headquarters.
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