Auburn buildings to be completed early next year

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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 5:12 pm

With many construction projects going on campus at Auburn University, some are only a couple of months away from completion.

In a recent newsletter sent out by the Facilities Management Department at AU, a number of projects were detailed and which stages they were in. Of the 11 projects listed, three will be completed sometime in February, including the new kinesiology building, the Lowder Business Building and the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center in Andalusia.

Ground was broken in October 2011 for the new kinesiology building, which will cover 70,000 square feet and will include laboratory, instructional and office space for student instruction and research. It is 80 percent complete, with roof installation and waterproofing complete. Its cost is estimated at $16.3 million.

Mary Rudisill, dean of the department, said faculty should be ready to move into the building sometime in March.

“They’re working hard to get us into the building as soon as possible,” Rudisill said.

Rudisill maintained that the department, currently housed in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, has grown immensely since its inception as a school for teaching physical education and has branched into more research and outreach opportunities that would be better served in the new building.

“We are now going to have state-of-the-art laboratories that are really designed to promote the work that we do,” Rudisill said.

Work on the Lowder Business Building is roughly 85 percent complete, which includes the replacement of existing exterior brick on the building and the installation of a new roof, windows, glass entrance doors, pre-cast panels and waterproofing to correct the building’s longtime water intrusion issues. The scope of the project is estimated at $5.6 million.

Bill Hardgrave, dean of the business school, said the building will look fantastic when the project is complete.

“I’m happy to see how it’s turned out and that we’ll get the water problems stopped,” Hardgrave said.

First started in June, the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center is nearly halfway complete. The building will cover 6,000 square feet and will house an 100-seat auditorium and a 40-seat classroom for the campus. Currently, construction crews are in the process of installing the exterior siding and roofing, as well the interior electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems.

"We must be able to continue to give our students the best possible preparation for the future," said James Shepard, dean of Auburn's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, in a written statement following the groundbreaking. "Staying true to Solon Dixon's vision is the way to do that."

Projects slated for a March 2013 completion date are the Biggio Drive Parking Facility and the Biodiversity Learning Center. The only project not scheduled for completion next year is the Small Animal Teaching Hospital - Phase II, which will be done sometime in September 2014.

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