June 6, 2014
As preparation work gets underway at the site of Hoover Hall, more than 13 trees have been temporarily transplanted to ensure they aren't damaged during construction. Each of these trees will be replanted near Hoover Hall once construction is complete.
Another pair of trees -- a tulip and a red oak -- were permanently transplanted elsewhere on campus.
For those trees that could not be transplanted, the Office of Sustainability is partnering with a variety of academic departments on campus to explore how the wood can be salvaged and reclaimed. Thus far, the Office is fielding inquiries for artistic, scientific and cocurricular projects that might be possible with the reclaimed wood. Members of the campus community who are interested in projects connected to these trees may contact Anthony Baratta in the Office of Sustainability.
Approximately 13 trees have been temporarily transplanted to the DePauw Nature Park.
Upon completion of Hoover Hall, the trees that were temporariily...
June 4, 2014
With the onset of dry weather in the course of the last few weeks, construction crews have been able to make significant progress on the retaining wall between the new Reavis Stadium and the softball field and tennis courts on the west end of the Athletics Campus. The plaza area, between Reavis Stadium, Blackstock Stadium and the Indoor Tennis and Track Center, is also beginning to take shape. The plaza will be a focal point of activity on busy weekends in the fall and spring months.
New steps (just beyond the right field foul pole) descend from the athletics campus plaza between the softball field and the tennis courts. The retaining wall east of the softball field and outdoor tennis courts will eventually be planted with grass, allowing some fans to watch both softball and tennis from elevated positions along the tiered wall.
The new plaza sits just to the southwest of Blackstock Stadium and will be the central connection between many of DePauw's outdoor athletics competition...
May 27, 2014
With the end of the academic year, the "old" fitness center in the Lilly Center quickly moved into demolition phase. The space occupied by what used to be the fitness center and workout space will become a set of multi-purpose rooms for spin class, fitness groups, and dance, among other activities.
Over the course of the last few days, the old fitness equipment has been removed and demolition is well underway. Until the new Welch Fitness Center opens in August, a temporary workout space has been set up in the Indoor Tennis and Track Center.
The view from the "old" hallway outside the fitness center on the lower level of the original Lilly Center.
A view from the former free weight section of the Lilly Center fitness center.
May 21, 2014
The wood ceiling of the lobby in the expanded Lilly Center is nearing completion this week, as crews continue to make progress on the interior finishes of the building. With classes coming to an end for the academic year, crews have also shifted their focus to the renovation of some existing spaces within the building.
Work continues on the lobby of the renovated and expanded Lilly Center. The wood ceiling is being installed as crews work on the main staircase and complete drywall.
As of Tuesday morning, crews had already begun initial demolition on the hallway just outside the former fitness center within the Lilly Center. Renovations along this hallway will make room for updated recreational locker rooms, and for the repurposing of the fitness center space into multi-purpose rooms for dance, spin classes and other activities.
May 19, 2014
In a recent note to campus, Associate Vice President for Facilities Dick Vance offered an update on ongoing construction activity at the Lilly Center and the soon-to-begin construction activity at the site of Hoover Hall. The full text of his note to campus is below:
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
As we swiftly approach the end of the academic year, we write to update you on the logistics of two of our major capital projects: continued construction at the Lilly Center and the beginning of construction of Hoover Hall, which was formally approved during last week’s meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Lilly Center Construction: Fitness Equipment to Re-Locate Temporarily
We are entering the final period of construction on the addition at the Lilly Center, with our target of opening the new facility in August. Beginning Monday, May 19, the Lilly Center—including the fitness center—will close to allow necessary construction and renovation activity to be completed. The Lilly Center will...