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Construction to continue past ‘07By Amanda Hickey
When students return in the fall, the current construction projects will be almost complete and new ones will be beginning. They can expect that the Sampson classroom building will be open and in use.
Sampson will be open for summer session II.
Oak Hall, a new dorm, will be completed before August and open for students in the fall, according to Martin.
These projects are not the end for construction on the UNCP campus. As the number of students continues growing, the size of campus will as well.
In the 2000-2001 fiscal year, schools in the UNC system received a portion of the $3.5 billion higher education bond. UNCP’s slice was $56 million, according to Martin.
“I think we’ve done a good job with it… they’re seeing a bang for their buck,” Martin said.
There are also plans in the works for the old bookstore.
The BA building will be receiving mechanical renovation. The air conditioning and heating will work better and the windows are being replaced as well, according to Martin.
The aesthetics of campus are also being worked on this summer.
There will be more pathways and landscaping done between Old Main, Moore Hall and the Oxendine science building in order to eliminate the “cow paths” created by students walking in a straight line through the grass, according to Martin.
West Hall will be demolished and replaced with a dorm more like Pine or Oak, Martin said.
Projects that are in design could take from one year to a year and a half to begin, according to Martin. “It takes a while to get through design,”he said.
“It’s a challenge to keep everything at a certain level and I like to think we’re at a high level,” Martin said.
“We want to have more places like that, where students and faculty can gather,” he said.