Every summer, Facilities Services does work on campus buildings and on the grounds. Last year, for example, major work was done on the library. This year is no exception, though according to Director of Facilities Services Scott Maust, there will be “a little more going on this year than in the past.”
The most noticeable change will be that the Gizmo patio will no longer be wooden come fall. This is because the current wooden planks were installed in 1995 and are now aging badly. Maust said that they are becoming tripping hazards.
According to Maust there will be concrete pavers put in, both because they will last much longer than wood, but also “so it looks more like a patio,” Maust said.
“I guess it’s practical, but it won’t be the same,” sophomore Romina Pyakurel said, in regards to the change.
Other visible changes will include new paint on the exterior doors and windows of Old Main, the placement of some new signs and a replacement of the asphalt street in from of the athletic facilities and the circular drive in back of the Ford Center for the Fine Arts. New asphalt will also be put in at the parking lots on Cherry Street and in front of the heating plant.
The city of Galesburg, upon the request of the college, recently vacated stretches of South Cherry Street and East Berrien. Major work will be done to the streets. About 50 feet of the brick street will be replaced at the corner of Cherry and Berrien and the curbs, gutters and sidewalks will have work done.
Less easily seen (but still important) changes will take place at the soccer field, which will get a new irrigation system. Additionally, Harbach Theatre will have a new sound system come fall.
Off campus, the Ingersoll House, home of President Teresa Amott will have an accessibility ramp installed and have some landscaping work done.
More mundane work, such as tree trimming and sidewalk repair, will also be taking place.
“It’s going to be a busy summer,” Maust said.