Throughout the summer USC Facility Management Services finished 51 construction projects, ranging from office renovations to utility updates. Twenty-two of them were labeled “capital construction projects.”
As planned, the only summer construction project that will not be completed by the start of classes is the underground utility replacement and paving of Child’s Way. The project is expected to be completed by the end of August, said Joe Back, associate senior vice president of Campus Development and Facilities Management.
Consequently, the red fencing on Child’s Way between Hahn Plaza and Pardee Plaza will remain until the completion of the Child’s Way project at the end of August. The project will replace sewage lines underneath the street.
As part of a four-year plan to upgrade all classrooms on campus, 31 classrooms this summer received a technological upgrade, including LCD projectors and display panels as well as updated audio-visual features. New walls and carpet were also added to improve acoustics in the classrooms.
Other projects this summer included the replacement of ceiling tiles throughout the Lyon Center, which resulted in its temporary shutdown from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4; an upgrade of the steam system at the Education Library and major renovations in the Seeley G. Mudd Hall Auditorium, the Social Science Building’s basement, the Von KleinSmid Center’s east wing and Waite Phillips Hall.
Other long-term capital construction projects are on schedule for completion, Back said.
This includes the new Roger and Michele Dedeaux Engemann Student Health Center, scheduled to be completed by fall 2012; the John McKay Center, which should be ready to house athletic offices by Summer 2012; the Brain and Creativity Institute, which is also slated for completion in Summer 2012; and the University Club at Stoops Hall, which should be finished by April or May 2012.