PSU Campus Undergoing Construction

Published 05/15 2014 06:57PM

Updated 05/15 2014 07:44PM

PITTSBURG, KS.--- Several parts of Pittsburg State University's campus are undergoing construction. Now that most students are gone for the summer, sounds of tractors, hammers, and other noises are taking over the campus. 

"To be able to drive into work everyday and be able to see all five of the projects going on at once," said Chris Kelly, PSU Marketing Associate Vice President. 

2014 marks the sixth summer for reconstruction on buildings that are decades old on Pittsburg State University's campus.

"It really is a historical time for the university. When you look at all five of the projects going on, none of these would have been possible without the support of our students, without the support of our donors, our community, all coming together to really advance the university forward," said Kelly. 

While two projects are brand new, the student center is one of the other three buildings getting reconstructed. 

"Little over 31,000 square feet for new student office spaces, an expanded you club, new ballroom. The project really focuses on increased opportunity to help host events at the facility," said Lindell Harvestic, PSU Architect. 

Nation Hall is also getting more modernized.

"We have 88 rooms over there that are going to be receiving all new finishes, new doors, windows, flooring, carpeting. All the bathrooms are being upgraded," said Harvestic. 

Heckert-Wells Hall will be a revamped science center with safety in mind.

"We want safe modern facilities for our students, their facility and advisors," said Kelly. 

As for new projects, the Robert W Plaster Center is currently under construction after a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this year. The new Center of the Arts will also be a new addition to the campus.

"Performance venues, an art gallery, a grand entrance hall for small events to take place. And also, a practice facility," said Kelly. 

Heckert Wells and Nation Hall will be complete this August. The Center of the Arts will also finish this fall. The Robert W Plaster Center will be complete by spring 2015 and the student center in fall 2015. All five projects are funded from student fees, bonds, and private donations. 

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