ASC Music Building nears completion
McDaniel Hall progresses
An improved, expanded building awaits Adams State College music students and faculty. Staff will begin to move into their renovated facility Aug. 17, as the fall semester is set to begin on Aug. 22, according to Erik van de Boogaard, associate vice president for Facilities Planning, Design & Construction.
The $5.7 million Music Building project features a 3,225- sq-ft., two-story addition and new east entrance. This space includes a new recording studio, two rehearsal halls, a percussion studio, and four new practice rooms. All interior walls were gutted and rebuilt to meet modern acoustical standards. New furnishings and musical instruments complete the package. The original building was constructed in 1958.
Music Department chair, Dr. Tracy Doyle, said: "This additional space and new soundproofing will nurture our growing department and help us do our jobs effectively."
Work on the Music Building began while classes were in session, and shifted into high gear at the conclusion of the spring semester in May. van de Boogaard noted the bulk of the project has taken only three months to complete, with exterior finishing and landscaping work to continue into the fall semester.
The renovation of McDaniel Hall (formerly the Education & Social Science Bldg, corner of First and Richardson) is hoped to be finished in October. "We had a number of unforeseen conditions that have caused change orders and delays," van de Boogaard noted. Asbestos abatement proved more extensive than originally anticipated, for example.
This building was completely gutted and redesigned to better serve today's education needs. The central feature of this $11.4 million project is a light-filled student study area on the south side of the second floor with a stairway open to the third floor. The first floor will include another study lounge, atrium, and adjacent outdoor patio. The project also includes new energy-efficient mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, a new 24-hour access student computer lab, and wi-fi connectivity.
A new, 131-space parking lot was constructed just east of McDaniel Hall between First St. and Richardson Ave. The lot will be accessible from both First and Second St. once it is opened in the fall.
$62 million in campus improvements
By the end of 2011, Adams State will have completed $62 million worth of new construction and renovation on campus since 2008. The work began with the $12 million renovation and expansion of Plachy Hall, the athletics facility. It was finished just before ground was broken July 9, 2009, on the Residences at Rex, located adjacent to Rex Field. The residence hall section, with apartments for 65 students was opened last fall, while work has continued on the stadium portion of the facility. Vistas restaurant, operated on the building's third floor by Sodexo (college food service contractor), is now open for lunch 11 a.m. to 1:30, Monday to Friday. Operation hours will expand after the fall semester begins.
- Creation of the North Campus Green between the Student Union Building and Residences at Rex
- Renovation of three existing residence hall wings
- Refurbishing of Leon Memorial Concert Hall
- 3 new parking lots
- Development of new soccer/lacrosse field and softball field, north of Plachy Hall along the river - both with synthetic turf
- SLV Center for Clinical Excellence - $1 million nursing simulation laboratory in Richardson Hall
- Renovation to Student Union Building cafeteria and shipping/receiving dock
- Performance contracts to upgrade plumbing, lighting, and HVAC systems for better energy conservation across campus
- Exterior rehabilitation of Rex Gymnasium
Community welcome to celebrate North Campus Grand Opening
Adams State College invites community member to the Grand Opening celebration of the North Campus Transformation on Thursday, Aug. 25. Tours, entertainment, and a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held 4-7 p.m. The evening concludes with a free concert by Martini Shot, to be held in the stadium beginning at 7 p.m.
By Julie Waechter