Story courtesy of The Bison
SEARCY, Ark. – Construction updates are occurring all over campus while students and staff are away. Some changes have been delayed; however, most projects remain on schedule.
One project Harding’s physical resources department is near completing is construction on the road between the Mabee Business Building and the Pryor-England Science Center. This road had multiple potholes and had been overlaid in the past. According to Danny DeRamus, director of physical resources, they had to mill the pavement and regrade the road bed. The road will lose two parking spots to improve field of view on Lott Tucker Drive.
As for buildings around campus, the Reynolds Center for Music and Communication is getting an upgrade. Within the last few weeks, the west side of the building received new paint and carpet. The wallpaper that once covered the halls is no more. Faculty and staff continuing to go into their offices witnessed the improvement process.
“I think that returning students and professors are going to be pleased to see the changes,” Cassie Bennett, theater administrative assistant, said. “It’s refreshing to have a slight change of scenery.”
While some areas of campus gain improvements, DeRamus said the plans to redo Kendall Hall have been delayed until students return to campus. Assistant Vice President of Student Life Zach Neal said the plans discussed earlier this year are still in place for Kendall, however.
“It is my understanding that the plan is still to provide common areas for meeting and studying on the first floor, and the second and third floors could become home for academic departments,” Neal said.
As for construction in Cathcart Hall, the process has not been hindered.
“We have not missed a day so far,” DeRamus said. “We have had no delays in material or equipment.”
The project in Cathcart is nearing its halfway point, and, according to Neal, the blueprints are looking just right.
“The blueprints, color schemes and furniture choices look great,” Neal said. “I’m excited to see the finished product.”