ISU projects: Nearly $130 million in construction under way

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The ISU College of Health and Human Services under construction (Austin Leake/Terre Haute Tribune Star)

Indiana State University’s (ISU) $64 million addition/renovation project for the College of Health and Human Services is the largest ever state-funded project, one of several under way at the Terre Haute campus, the Tribune Star reports.

The project designer is RATIO Architects, and the contractor is Hannig Construction of Terre Haute.

“Our campus continues to evolve with around $128 million in construction projects currently underway,” the newspaper quotes ISU president Dan Bradley as saying.

Another significant project is the $20.5 million renovation of Rhoads Hall, which began in May; it is the fourth and final phase of the Sycamore Towers project.

The Health and Human Services construction project is being conducted in two phases.
Phase 1, currently underway, will add 85,000 sq. ft. for a four-story office and classroom addition. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, and it should be ready for classes in January, says Bryan Duncan, ISU director of capital planning and improvements.

Phase II will begin in early 2018 to renovate the northern end of the existing building, and that work is slated for completion in early 2019.

As far as the Rhoads Hall project, the building will be totally gutted and renovated and cooling added to the building. Prior to the renovations, Sycamore Towers residence halls did not have air conditioning, which often brought student complaints in hot weather.

The project will be completed in July 2018, and it is being financed through long-term debt and cash reserves in the housing and dining system.

Duncan says other projects this summer have included new lighting at Memorial Stadium at a cost of about $500,000. As well, various buildings on campus are getting exterior masonry work done.

The Science Building has had all of its labs renovated, and now, the latest upgrades are to the building’s public corridors, with new finishes, lighting, ceilings, floorings and added lounge space where students can interact, the newspaper reported.

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