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ETSU construction zone for summer

June 4th, 2013 3:35 pm by Rex Barber

ETSU construction zone for summer

The new ETSU parking garage, the student CPA and the new quad area can all be seen from this recent aerial photo. (Contributed)

From the air or the ground, East Tennessee State University really looks like a construction zone.

Several major construction projects are currently under way on campus, including the building of a massive 1,200-space parking garage, an expansion to the student gym known as the Center for Physical Activity and the establishment of a green space dubbed the campus quad.

Bill Rasnick, associate vice president for facilities at ETSU, said the only project that may not be completely finished by the start of the fall semester is the garage because of a delay in the delivery of some steel and the limestone facade.

“It’s still uncertain as to whether we’ll be able to park cars in the garage by the start of school,” Rasnick said. “They’re working on everything and it’s not even certain that we won’t be able to park cars in there” by the start of school in the fall.

See enlarged aerial photo of the campus.

The middle of September is now the projected completion date for the $26 million garage.

The first day of classes for the fall semester is Aug. 24.

If the garage is not yet ready for cars, the surrounding parking lots and traffic flow will be usable, Rasnick said.

The CPA expansion is a $7 million project that will add about 20,000 square feet of programming space to the 100,000-square-foot facility. The project was begun in June 2012.

Once completed, the CPA will have an extended weight and cardio room with new strength and cardio machines; one enclosed multi-use court for basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer; two upstairs studio spaces for yoga/Pilates, martial arts and other uses; additional restrooms and water fountains on the second floor; and a family/private use shower and changing facility on the main floor. It will also allow for the conversion of the current yoga studio into an indoor cycling studio.

Part of this project included the creation of recreational fields and accompanying locker rooms off Seminole Drive. These were completed and used prior to the end of the spring semester. The CPA itself should be finished by late July.

“It’s all tracking and showing right on schedule,” Rasnick said.

Finally, work is ongoing to establish a green space in the middle of campus. This space, known as the quad, will be connected to a pedestrian walkway from the parking garage, which will make the campus much more pedestrian-friendly, Rasnick said.

“They (students) can go all the way to Lake Street without ever really crossing traffic,” Rasnick said.

Lake Street is on the east end of campus; the garage is on the far west end.

Rasnick said the quad area is a natural location to create a green space/gathering point because it is a short walk from food and coffee in the D.P. Culp Center, is near the Tree House food station and will have several benches to sit and relax.

“I think there’ll be a lot more activity in the area and a lot more students utilizing that space,” Rasnick said.

The quad project is budgeted at $1 million. The anticipated completion date is August.

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