Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2005

Campus facilities, grounds receive upgrades

August 18, 2005

Baker University students should notice improvement to buildings, residence halls and the grounds when they return for the 2005-2006 school year.

"One of the things people look for in a small private college is appearance," said Gary Walbridge, director of the physical plant. "We've worked heavily on the appearance of the lawn and flower gardens since I've been here."

The university spent $1.1 million on facility and grounds improvements in the past year.

In May and June, Case Hall, Constant Hall and the Collins Sports Center had their roofs replaced.

In late June, a project at Denious Hall upgraded its air conditioning in areas outside the residence hall rooms.

"That dorm has individual air-conditioning units for each room," Walbridge said. "The hallways, recreation room and lobby all get real hot. We put in a rooftop air-conditioning unit and ducting to blow air in those areas."

Office space was going to be expanded at two locations. An office for the Baker Orange in the Harter Union basement was to be constructed before school starts. It will be for Jeff Hedrick, who will be teaching online and digital media courses. A room at Mulvane Hall was going to be modified to create more office space.

At Liston Stadium, there's a plan in place to remove the tarnish from the World War I memorial on the west wall.

"We're going to clean those up and put a finish on," Walbridge said. "We'll give them more of an antique look. They won't be dull. It will give it more of a luster. Our goal is to have it done before football season."

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