The construction projects run the gamut from installing improved electronic residence hall locks to the $3.5 million soccer/lacrosse/tennis facility at the Winton Hill Athletics Complex.
Starting in early summer, members of the facilities staff and independent contractors swarmed over buildings like Amish carpenters at a barn-raising. Workers installed new concrete steps at Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center and Lesher Hall. New flooring went down in Eagles Landing cafeteria. The baseball field received a new press box and grandstand and Knox Stadium’s existing press box got a makeover.
One of the first projects to begin in June was a massive resculpting of the grassy expanse behind Ellis Hall to better facilitate stormwater runoff and drainage resulting from the other large-scale building projects, such as:
- The Winton Hill Athletics Complex
- The $4.5 million Thomas and Patricia Kepple Integrated Media and Studio Arts Building, which will house the fine arts faculty and five specially designed art studios.
- A new roof for the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center
- The construction of the Global Commons in the former Tussey-Terrace Lounge
- The major renovation of the façade, front lobby, third floor, and handicapped accessibility, including an elevator, in Ellis Hall.
“Juniata continues to take on a very competitive marketplace and making these improvements go a long way toward leveling the playing field between Juniata and other colleges and universities,” says James A. Troha, Juniata president. “Many of the other improvements have solved or improved accessibility issues with some of the College’s older buildings.”