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Summer construction season underway

Several construction and renovation projects are scheduled for the summer of 2008 at UW-River Falls.

Many of the updates related to energy efficiency, according to Mike Stifter, director of facilities management.

Residential buildings across campus are preparing to be cleaned and updated based on priorities for energy efficiency.

Perhaps the biggest undertaking this summer is the Kleinpell Fine Arts building ventilation project. Phase one of the two-year plan began after spring semester. The second and third floors, including all offices and classrooms, are vacated.

In addition to routine painting and cleaning, the entire ventilation system will be replaced along with ceiling tiles, lighting, and floors. New furniture will also be supplied once the renovations are complete. Renovations also will be made to the Abbott Concert Hall stage and the building will be re-keyed.

The air condition systems in the Wyman Education Building will be updated. Occupancy sensors will be installed to help calibrate airflow, for automatic control of the heating or cooling when the room is vacant.

Wyman will also have new lighting installed that is said to save about 10% of the energy currently required for lighting, said Stifter.

Two new chillers will be installed in the basements of the KFA and the Centennial Science Hall as a part of the Chilled Water Project along with the installation of new ground piping. This project is set to help with energy efficiency and solve reliability issues in the buildings.

Sixth Street was closed June 5-6 for this project.

East Hawthorn Hall is scheduled to have bathrooms renovated along with the instillation of a backup generator. The generator is included in the renovation process as a precautionary devise for IT Services.

Along with those in Parker Hall, residential rooms in Hawthorn will receive new floor tile, paint, insulation, doors, hardware, closet storage, lighting, and furniture.

May, McMillan, and Prucha will also be having parts of the roof replaced.

The Melvin Wall Amphitheater will be getting a major facelift this summer. The shell will be repaired along with getting sandblasted and cleaned.

That should not affect the Tuesday night Summer Concert Series, staff say.

The UW-RF campus landscape is also set to be spruced up. Along with turf maintenance, flower planters will be built in several areas, and flowers, trees, and shrubs will be planted campus-wide to help enhance the aesthetic and natural environment.

A mall concept will be developed this summer, with plans to plant trees and add sidewalks between Third and Sixth streets.

The athletic and childcare facilities also are also due for an exterior rejuvenation.

The grounds maintenance department is also scheduled to create 31 new exterior signs, including a sign for the Martin Luther King Jr. sculpture, reinstalled on the KFA lawn.

The grounds at university's Mann Valley Farm Lab Farm No. 2 will get some attention.

Lab Farm 1 will receive a new emergency generator and be water and sewer utilities from Wasson Lane will be extended to the farm for service equipment and fire protection.

Demolition on the old dairy building will also take place along with the replacement of a building that burned last fall.