As the semester comes to a close, there are lots to reflect on about this past semester and also things to look forward to for the upcoming spring semester.
One of the biggest things happening around campus this semester was the renovation at the McCann Center. With construction starting over the summer and a projected completion date set for the fall of next year, there are lots to look forward to for students who will still be around.
Darren McCormack, Associate Atheltic Director For Facilities and Operations, shared that the renovation is on schedule for a fall 2019 completion date.
“The renovation appears to be on schedule,” McCormack said. “Pylons, which will support the new building, have been drilled into the bedrock and the foundation has been laid down.”
From there, the framework of steel will be installed around the building, which should be completed around the middle of the spring semester. After that is completed, the building will be enclosed with walls and ceilings going up shortly after.
The new building is going to contain many new features for current and future students to enjoy. Some of the highlights of the new building are going to be two new weight rooms, one on the first floor and one on the second floor. The one on the first floor will be reserved for student-athletes only, while the one on the second floor will be for the general student body.
Additionally, there will be artificial turf and additional meeting rooms for teams and other conferences/groups on campus as well as well as additional performance spaces for the dance ensemble and other performing arts groups on campus.
Perhaps the most notable addition will be a second basketball arena that will allow for more flexible scheduling for basketball practices.
As far as the facilities that are open now to students, such as the north and south field fitness, not much is going to change.
“We don’t anticipate that we will be changing the hours,” McCormack said. “Right now everything should stay the same.”
As of now, on basketball game nights, all of the facilities in McCann will be shut down, with students being able to utilize the South field fitness center.
The Athletics Department has also been providing updates on their website, goredfoxes.com, where renderings for the new additions are also available for viewing.
On the academic side of the semester, the Registrar has said that registering for the spring semester went well. All of the processes for registering for classes will remain the same for the foreseeable future.
“For those students who have not completed their schedules, they may still come into the Registrar’s Office to do so,” said Kathy Coomes, Administrative Coordinator at the Registrar, in an email.