Moving forward

February 17, 2011

by Zach Beaird , STAFF?REPORTER

The hammering, sawing, drilling and noise in general will soon come to an end in some parts of campus. Winter quarter has been full of construction around Tech’s campus, and some of the fruits of that labor will be seen in the spring.

Enterprise Center

The first installment to Enterprise Campus, Tech Pointe, continues to see progress as construction moves outward to begin work on other buildings in the research park.

Les Guice, vice president for research and development, said there has been a lot of progress made on the new building since the beginning of the quarter, and construction is expected to be completed by April or May in order for the building to be operational by May or June.

“We have already bought some of the laboratory equipment that will be housed in the building and temporarily set it up in another location,” Guice said. “Also, there are several companies that are planning to move in and other companies are asking if we have space available. So, we are ready to get it opened.”

In addition to the construction on the building, Guice said progress continues with construction on several streets around the building as well.

“The city is working with us to phase in the street work so that we have minimal disruptions for our students, faculty and staff,” Guice said. “We will see parts of Louisiana Avenue open up around Feb. 17, and they are projecting finishing the Homer Street corridor project in September or October.”

Wednesday, the new business building was dedicated.



Construction in Tolliver Hall will begin wrapping up in the next couple of weeks as McAlister’s Deli prepares for its grand opening.

The newest addition to campus dining will offer many of the restaurant’s favorites including sandwiches, soups, baked potatoes, cookies and sweet tea.

Crystal Berry, marketing coordinator for Aramark, said McAlister’s should be opening in the second or third week of March.

“We’ll have a soft opening the first week to work out any issues, then the next week we will have a grand opening,” Berry said. “There will be giveaways like cookies and tea for the first couple of days after the grand opening.”

Right now, she said, some of the final preparations are being made to the eatery as construction begins winding down.

“We’ve begun jobs such as training employees and ordering equipment for the kitchen,” Berry said. “It’s all beginning to come together as we get closer to opening.”

Intramural Center

With its opening set for July, work on the indoor and outdoor pools at the Maxie Lambright Intramural Sports Center continue after seeing much progress since the beginning of the school year.

Bobby Dowling, director of recreational activities, said the hardest phase of construction, which was the in-ground work involved with installing the pools, is now complete.

“The pools are in, so students will begin seeing steel going up,” Dowling said. “Everything from here is up, and construction should begin moving much more quickly because we can have different crews working on different things at once now that the pools are in. This will especially be true once the roof is finished so weather won’t be a concern anymore.”

Dowling said another phase of construction that is set to begin soon is the paving of the gravel lot and areas next to the pools that are currently closed off due to construction.

He said this will provide a lot more space for students coming to the intramural center.

“We’re excited to finish up this summer,” Dowling said. “I think everyone will be impressed when they come back in the fall.”

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