Released: July 7, 1999
College pursues summer construction, renovation projects
DANVILLE, KY- Centre College has two residence hall renovation projects underway this summer, as well as renovations in academic buildings, light construction on several parking areas and improvements to athletic facilities.
According to Walter Gooch, vice president for administrative services, the most substantial project is the renovation of Breckinridge Hall, a student residence hall near the center of campus. The college has a contract with J.T. Goggans Inc. of Danville to install air conditioning, replace the heating system and refurbish much of the interior. Built in 1892, Breckinridge is named for Centre's sixth president, the Rev. William L Breckinridge. The building underwent prior renovations in 1935 and 1947.
Centre also is renovating portions of three other residence halls, Cooper-Ganfield, Tyler Lamotte, and Vinson-Stevenson, establishing new student rooms in what had been under-utilized common areas.
Summer renovations to academic buildings include a new roof for the Crounse Academic Center and improvements to laboratory space in Young Hall.
In other work on campus, Centre is revamping four parking areas and, in the process, enhancing green space and landscaping. One of these projects involves the expansion of the small visitors' parking lot for Old Centre, accessible from Main Street.
On Harding Street adjacent to the rail yard, a parking area and green space is being established alongside the old Central Wholesale warehouse. The college has owned the building for a number of years and is preparing to renovate the building to create centralized stock, receiving, and shop areas, as well as offices for the physical plant staff. Work on the interior of the building will begin in the fall, with completion expected by spring.
The college is altering the parking lot at the Jones Visual Arts Center on Beatty Ave. to include more green space and landscaping at the front of the building, with some parking spaces shifted to the south side of the center. Work also continues on the parking area and green space adjacent to the Norton Center for the Arts.
The renovation of the varsity soccer field is complete, and the Bermuda grass surface is expected to be ready for the fall season. Two other projects are planned for athletic facilities, including improvements to the football locker room and resurfacing of the track at Farris Field.
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