Summer projects spruce up CMU
Colorado Mesa University students returning for the fall semester may not see any big changes on campus south of the new Orchard Avenue Apartments next month. But they may notice a few tweaks here and there.
The university is finishing up $784,674 worth of summer maintenance and renovation projects before school starts Aug. 20. The largest chunk of project money, $188,374, is going to remodeling work inside Lowell Heiny Hall and nursing offices in the Maverick Center.
The remodel of Lowell Heiny will affect administrative offices and offices for the social and behavioral sciences department. Lowell Heiny is largely an administrative office building and students mostly see its interior only when they have to visit the registrar or financial aid offices. The absence of classrooms in the building is a major reason why it is one of the last buildings to be renovated or replaced on the campus in recent years, according to CMU spokeswoman Dana Nunn. Summer projects that involve solving a safety or health issue get top priority, she said, followed by projects that enhance an academic program, and then projects that are mostly for aesthetic purposes.
“Some of it certainly is cosmetic but that’s not top of the list,” Nunn said.
Other buildings that will get some work done this summer are Wubben Hall and the Science Center, which are getting some patch work and new white boards; the Fine Arts building, which is getting some new outlets in a study area; Moss Performing Arts Center, which is getting hardwood floor maintenance; and The Maverick Center, which will receive fire sprinklers in a room near the running track and a press box for the natatorium.
As for improvements in student living space, Grand Mesa Residence Hall is getting new carpet in the hallways, Tolman and Pinon halls are getting a fresh coat of paint, and new bushes are going in outside Monument Hall.
Athletes will notice the new Maverick logo at Walker Field and on the boards of Brownson Arena. The field and the basketball floor both needed some work done this summer so the logo change seemed appropriate, Nunn said.
The softball field dugouts will get some work as well, and a camera will be added at the football practice field so coaches can record practices and review the footage to improve performance.
Other summer projects at the university include lining a pond in the courtyard of Wubben Hall and Science Center, repairing tread on stairs outside the University Center and installing a new planter wall circling part of a grassy area north of the University Center.