Train station improvements, Purnell addition among campus building projects
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 22:09
In 2010, the university announced 10 construction projects on campus set to be completed within the next decade. While several of these projects are ﬁnished or nearing completion, the changes are far from over.
Three of the projects debuted this fall semester. The new Carpenter Sports Building, the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) and the new freshmen residence halls, Louis L. Redding and Eliphalet Gilbert Halls, are open and currently in use.
When the ISE Lab began construction in 2010, no one thought it would be the longest project from start to finish, Kathleen Comisiak, co-director of Facilities Planning and Construction, stated in an email message.
“[The] ISE Lab took 33 months from start to ﬁnish,” Comisiak says. “This is a very complex and large structure with research space, leading edge laboratories and teaching space and also highly sophisticated mechanical and electrical systems.”
Engineering students contributed to the construction process throughout the years, Comisiak says.
One addition that did not take as long to complete is the Carpenter Sports Building. Back in 2010, school officials were hoping to have the renovations ﬁnished by fall 2011; however, the opening was delayed until Aug. 26.
The renovations to the Carpenter Sports Building brought two additional ﬂoors and a number of new machines and equipment, including squat racks, weight benches and an additional indoor track. The building is currently still under renovation.
Peter Krawchyk, co-director of facilities planning and construction, stated in an email message that the university still has more projects on the way and he hopes all will be completed by 2020. Krawchyk says construction at the Academy Street dining and residence hall, the Harrington Residence Hall renovation and the addition to Purnell Hall are the next projects on the list.
“The Academy Street dining and residence hall will have a Neo-Georgian style, meaning it will look very similar to other buildings on the Green,” Krawchyk says. “[Purnell] will look very modernist—mainly glass and white metal panels.”
Krawchyk says Harrington Residence Hall would look the same, with the exception of a canopy at the entrance. He says the project is scheduled for completion over the next two years.
While Harrington is being renovated, the university put up two new residence halls, Redding and Gilbert Halls. The two buildings are located on Delaware’s East Campus and provide housing for a large portion of the freshman class, with Redding housing Honors freshmen students and Gilbert open for any freshmen. The buildings are also being referred to as the most environmentally friendly buildings on campus. All design team members are LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accredited professionals.
Comisiak says the university has put up or renovated seven different buildings since 2010 and plans to complete three more by 2020.
Another addition currently underway is the Science Technology and Advanced Research Campus; however, this project may take over 25 years to complete, Andy Lubin, Director of Real Estate, says.
Lubin says the project will begin bringing in beneﬁts to the university in the near future.
“It is designed to attract corporate and strategic partners to locate industries and businesses that will engage in the areas of research most prominent at UD,” Lubin says. “These areas include health sciences and bio mechanics, renewable and alternative energy and national and cyber security.”
However, the Newark community has raised some concerns of the environmental impact of the STAR campus. Citizens are worried there may be dangerous toxic runoff from the center that could lead to negative health consequences, as covered previously in The Review.
Despite these concerns, Lubin says he looks forward to what the campus will provide as it continues to grow. Bloom Energy, a power generator, was the first facility to open, but there are more on the way, Lubin says.
“The Health Sciences complex, currently under construction, will open in January of 2014 with additional phases coming on line for the next 18 months,” Lubin says. “The Newark Regional Transportation Center will begin the construction of a new passenger train station, platform and parking facility in March of 2014 and be available for service by the end of 2015.”