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Continuous improvements

Construction-caution orange was visible this year, as construction crews worked to improve the campus. Keep an eye out for the following improvements:

Fauver Stadium Grandstand

Seventy-five-year-old Fauver Stadium underwent a facelift. Aluminum seating replaces the blue and yellow bleachers that actually were covers over the original wooden bleachers, and a new waterproof coating was applied to the concrete, improving the appearance of the building while making it safer and more watertight.

Community Learning Center

The Community Learning Center (Quad Annex) is a center of public outreach for students. Last summer, the west stairs were rebuilt to match the building's early 20th-century architecture. This year, a handicap-accessible ramp was constructed on the east side of the building, and a lift installed in the building gave disabled people access to the ground floor and first floor.

Danforth and 'the Pit' at Wilson Commons

The salad bar at Danforth Dining was replaced with a serving center for vegan meals and produce as well as a demonstration cooking station. In "the Pit" at Wilson Commons, the beverage service station and Blimpie were moved to give more room for new dining features.

Eastman Theatre Stage

The Eastman School's $5 million renovation to the Eastman Theatre stage began in earnest over the summer. The theater will be closed to the public through early fall, and a grand reopening will take place in early October.

University Utility Plant

The University is upgrading its central utility plant to enable "cogeneration"--the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy used to heat and cool River Campus and Medical Center buildings. The first phase of the $42.8 million project includes the installation of a low-pressure steam turbine and a new hot-water heating system, plus removal of the last vestiges of the coal-heating era--an inactive coal-fueled boiler, ash silo, and brick chimney. A new hot water system will replace portions of the original steam distribution piping, some of which was installed during the 1920s and '30s. This phase is expected to be completed by fall 2005. The second phase includes installation of a new high-pressure boiler and steam turbine, both of which will generate additional electricity. This phase will be completed by summer 2006.

Dandelion Square

In spring 2000, what was formerly a mix of random asphalt paths and scrub pine trees was transformed into Dandelion Square, outside the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center. Now, funded in part by a generous gift from the Class of 1963, Dandelion Square has been extended from the clock tower to Fraternity Road and Todd Union. Along with a brick-paved walkway, the project also includes benches, lighting, and landscaping. Future projects will replace the remaining asphalt walks throughout this area.


The doors to the main entrance to Todd Union will be replaced with new oak doors. . . . The interior of the Wilson Commons elevator will be renovated with stainless steel panels. . . . New operable windows were installed in Spurrier Dance Studio. . . . The final pair of doors at Rush Rhees Library on the Eastman Quad were refinished. . . . Strong Auditorium is being outfitted with new lighting and stage curtains. . . . Anderson and Wilder Residence Halls were renovated with new elevators, front steps, fire alarm systems, and additional electrical service. . . . Elevators in the Frederick Douglass Building, Rush Rhees Library, and Wilmot Hall were upgraded.

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