Manchester University construction projects underway during summer

Manchester University officials say its been a busy summer on campus. A number of construction projects have been underway.

The building of the Lockie and Augustus Chinworth Center is progressing.  Much of the excavation is complete, underground utilities have been hooked up, and they are making preparations for the footings. It is on track to open for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center is almost complete.  Crews are installing flooring this week with the arrival of furniture next week. The anticipated move-in date is August 1, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony tentatively set for Homecoming.

After Commencement, construction crews began renovating the showers on all floors of the east wing of East Hall.  Crews are updating the plumbing and lighting, as well as installing new toilet partitions and new tile showers.  On the west wing of the building, crews have put in a new suspended ceiling system with new LED lights.

Crews have finished installing a new roof on the south half of Schwalm Hall. On the second and third floor, they have removed all of the old mismatched floor tile in the residence rooms and installed new floor tile and baseboard.  Electricians have replaced all of the lights in the residential rooms with new LED fixtures.

New exterior doors and the card access system have been installed in Oakwood Hall.

In addition to the above projects, MU residence halls and East Street Apartments will get brand new washers and dryers this year, and students can monitor the progress of their laundry with their smartphones.

Many parking lots and driving lanes have gotten new asphalt over the summer, including the north half of the Schwalm parking lot and its center “U.” Crews are also repairing some aging sidewalks and steps around campus.