By Riley Stephens
Renovation projects continue throughout buildings on this campus and more are scheduled to begin as early as the spring semester.
David Mrizek, vice president of college services, said renovations to Moody Learning Center are near completion.
“We’re still in the process of finishing the Moody on the outside. There are some bricks that need to be replaced on the walls,” Mrizek said.
The college has spent $18 million renovating the seven-story building that houses counseling, the library, computer labs, creative media services and the office of technology services.
Two upcoming renovation projects include the first and second floors of Fletcher Administration Center and renovation of the Bennett House.
Mrizek said renovation of Fletcher’s first and second floors, to start in spring and finish in 2014, will help to create a better entrance to the campus.
“We are going to close the big open space by the bursar and create a big open atrium for the entrance,” Mrizek said.
Mrizek said renovations to the Bennett House include a new ramp for Americans with Disabilities Act access and an elevator to make it easier for housekeepers to access the second floor.
The Bennett House is used for music classes.
The elevator on the bottom level of the crosswalk between McCreless and Gonzales halls is waiting for the architect to approve the plans, John Strybos, associate vice chancellor of facilities operations and constructions management said.
He said the date for renovations of the elevator has not been set.
It was flooded during the Memorial Day downpour that also flooded the lower level of McCreless.
“The electricity in the elevator was short-circuited and is going to be replaced,” Mrizek said. “The elevator is currently dead, and we need to replace the grid.”
He said the flooding in McCreless is from drainage issues and the way the ground slopes.