New campus education building 35-percent complete

The summer 2009 construction project for the 62,000-square-foot College of Education and Human Services building, located north of the Education Building where the tennis courts were previously located, is expected to reach completion during fall.”The facilities for those departments are limited where they are now,” said Darrell Hart, associate vice president for facilities. “They are scattered, and they just don’t have enough space.”Funded entirely by private donations from two separate Eccles Foundations, the $17-million project is about 35 percent complete. Spindler Construction, a local firm, is overseeing the project, which was designed by architect Bob Jacoby.Hart said the planning process has been “fairly lengthy,” because it started as two separate projects.One project, a child care center to replace the one on campus above the heating plant, was considering a site on 800 East that turned out to be too wet, Hart said. Officials on that project and one for a research center decided to combine the two to reduce costs.”Our donors liked that site where the tennis courts used to be,” Hart said,” and the courts needed to be replaced anyway. They were in bad condition.”

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