Ben Barrett, director of USU’s Facilities Planning, Design and Construction said they are trying to finish up the projects they started while the students where gone for the summer break.
Barrett said, “It’s a mad scramble to get everything done before the students start to arrive Saturday.”
Probably the biggest project on campus is the new $27 million single student dormitory called Central Suites.
David Jensen the Director of Housing said, “The five story dormitory has 378 total beds and they are full for the Fall Semester.”
Besides the open common space on the main floor, the Suites have music rooms for students to practice in and a theater on the second floor. The dorm also has community kitchens, with kitchenettes in each suite.
The building was scheduled to be done last year, but there were some construction delays.
Housing personnel were busy working to clear the dust and get the place ready for students, arriving Saturday, to call home.
Joseph Eliason and James Nelson were two of the many people vacuuming new floors in the different apartments. Dale Wyatt, who has been at the university 40 years, was unboxing and putting mattresses on the beds. Megan Spackman was assisting whoever needed help. Drew Jordan was one of the cleaners wiping down showers, sinks, and anything else needing sanitizing.
Another project slated to finish just as USU students return this fall is the road construction on Champ Drive.
Quin Whitaker, a structural engineer and project manager, said they replaced a sewer main and repaved some of the road. They also resealed the parking lot south of Old Main and reconfigured the drop-off and pick-up spot for the Family Life Building. There is also some cement work being finished.
Champ Drive is the only way to get to the Alumni House, PR and marketing, and the gun shed where an interior design lab resides.