Inspections of the repairs are currently being done, Campus Weekly is told. The Fountain was tested once last week, and it is being tested this week.
Once the construction fence around the upper part of the fountain area was removed the first part of last week, students began hanging out on the uppermost Fountain steps.
The steps provide a great view of the new Dining Hall façade, featuring glass-walled balconies. The dining hall renovation project’s phase one, which includes the new addition on the west side of the building, was recently approved by the state for occupancy, according to Facilities Design and Construction. The new addition opened Wednesday, Dec. 5.
This new addition includes large dining areas, the balconies overlooking the Fountain plaza, restrooms, a check-in area and a new elevator. It will soon include a convenience store and a Taco Bell.
Grounds will seed and straw the grass areas near the Fountain this week. Over the holiday break, Grounds will replace a number of trees. According to Chris Fay, six will be gingko trees, notable for their golden leaves in the fall. Five, in grates on the uppermost level, will be Chinese pistachio trees. Those two types are trees not only are beautiful, they do well in that particular type of environment.
In other news, work has begun at the Pedestrian Underpass near Lee Street. Excavation and grading for the plaza on Lee Street is under way, and construction of concrete retaining walls should start soon, according to Facilities Design and Construction. Additional work is being done at the site as well.
(This post was updated Dec. 5, 4 p.m.)
By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English, Dec. 2