Buies Creek—The face of Campbell University continues to change for the better with over $10 million in new construction and renovation projects currently underway.
The projects include the construction of a new residence hall, new science laboratories, renovations to existing science labs, the renovation of Kitchin and Baldwin dormitories, the conversion of Wiggins Hall into a state-of-the-art main campus library, and the enhancement of the campus landscape with more green space, plantings and brick monumentation.
Physical Plant Director Dave Martin calls the changes pretty significant.
“We are working almost around the clock with two shifts seven days a week to finish the new residence hall,” Martin said. “And the changes to the landscape and hardscape are the biggest aesthetic changes we’ve made to the campus as far as appearance.”
The new freshman residence hall is a three-story brick building containing 36,000 square feet. The residence hall will accommodate 147 students in four-person suites. Each floor contains lounges and study areas. The ground floor features a gallery entrance and a large commons area overlooking a new campus quadrangle for larger campus events and functions. The cost of the new residence hall is over $7 million.
What was once the Campbell laundry facility has been converted into a $1.7 million natural science teaching laboratory with the latest technological equipment, 8,000 square feet of space, an office space and two preparatory rooms.
Baldwin and Kitchin Halls have also undergone upgrades, including new paint, carpet, ceilings and renovation of the lounge areas.
Another $1.2 million was spent on upgrading the laboratories in the Leslie Campbell Science Hall. New equipment, furniture, ceilings, ventilation hoods, epoxy lab surfaces and other improvements have been made.
The Fellowship Commons area in the center of campus and the new roundabout at the intersection of Leslie Campbell Avenue and T.T. Lanier streets, as well as the Main Street/Leslie Campbell Avenue intersection entrance have all enjoyed a facelift, Martin said. New plantings, irrigation, lighting, and brick monumentation define these campus entrances and make them more inviting to visitors. Another roundabout is in the future for the Main Street/Leslie Campbell Ave. entrance to campus and ground has just been broken on a $260,000 fountain located between the Carrie Rich Building and Carter Gymnasium.
All of the projects are expected to be completed by fall 2010.
Photo Copy: Construction crews work on new residence hall. (Photo by Shannon Ryals)