Jaclyn Wiley/News Editor
This is the first of a series of routine updates on the state of the various construction projects going on around the Daytona Beach campus. These updates will be published every month in The Avion Newspaper and will be designated as our “Construction Corner.” This series is aimed at decreasing the amount of student frustration and confusion about the construction, which has been growing in the past months, where little effective communication has taken place.
The new residence hall is projected to be finished by the end of the Fall 2016 semester. The new UC is projected to be finished by Fall of 2018.
The construction committees also took student needs into account when designing the hall. One of the most important issues concerning the construction of the new residence hall to the students polled by Cruise was not size of room or view, but privacy. Cruise made sure to pass this on to the architects selected to build the hall. As a result, the new hall will have a bathroom situation similar to Apollo Hall, in which the toilet and shower are in separate areas so that suitemates could theoretically use both amenities at the same time, without invading the other’s privacy. The new residence hall will also have laundry rooms on each floor, rather than the single laundry room set-up of the Student Village Residence Halls. Students in McKay Hall will move from McKay to the new hall before the end of the Fall 2016 semester, if all goes according to plan. McKay will be demolished soon after that, and will clear room for another section of the new hall.
The new Student Center will feature a Qdoba, a large event space, a Starbucks, and a new, improved library with several hundred seats.
Construction projects cannot be built out of order; that is, one step has to be finished before the next can be started. Vertical construction cannot be laid if the foundation has not been poured. One vital step that is currently being handled is the permitting process, which requires a lot of time, due to bureaucracy. Once the permits are ready, the building will begin vertical construction, since most of the underground work, like the pipes and electrical lines have already been, or are currently being, completed. This work, though hard to see through the fence, is vital and ongoing. To learn more about the Student Center, visit http://sites.erau.edu/studentunion/