Improvement Projects Begin at Grove City College
GROVE CITY, Pa. — This summer, the operations department of Grove City College began more than a dozen small and large improvement projects around campus, representing an investment of more than $4 million.
Projects range from new construction and regular maintenance to improved infrastructure and cosmetic updates, according to a press release.
“Every year we look to the summer months as a time to take care of regular maintenance all over campus and take on bigger projects that would be a major disruption during the academic year,” said James Lopresti, vice president for operations. “The work we put in today goes toward extending the life of our current facilities and fulfills our duty to be good stewards of this special place.”
The most noticeable work is the rebuilding of the Walters/Zbell Tennis Courts on lower campus. The old courts, which were cracked and buckling, were ripped out in early June along with eight inches of surface, according to the release. A new surface being installed will create eight new regulation courts in time for fall, including drainage, fencing and sidewalks.
In addition, the lower campus will feature a bold landscaping update that is the Class of 2018’s gift to the school. A circle of brick pavers engraved with a crimson Grove City College “G” will be added to the walkway to Rainbow Bridge.
The upper campus courtyard between Breen Student Union and the Hall of Arts and Letters, Hoyt Hall, will feature new trees planted to replace the ones damaged by emerald ash borers and removed in June. Planters along the building are being restored, as are the steps leading into the academic building. Fresh paint and tile, new lighting and furniture will help refresh Hoyt Hall’s hallway and study area.
A lighted marquee and new signage are being installed outside the main entrance to the Physical Learning Center, or PLC. A “Wolverines Together”-themed photo mural will complement the repainted entryway. The arena is being updated with another photo mural, as well as new banners representing Grove City and other schools in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.
Other projects include:
- Replacement of steam lines between Mary Anderson Pew and Mary Ethel Pew residence halls.
- Roof work completed for the PLC and Breen Student union.
- Fresh paint and new lighting in Ketler Hall.
- Bathroom work in Mary Anderson Pew North Hall.
- Street lighting around student parking lots.
- Masonry work, rebuilding a retaining wall at the President’s House.
- Repairing sidewalks and driveways around campus.
- Draining, cleaning and regrouting the PLC’s recreation pool.
- Replacing the fire curtain mechanism in Crawford Hall Auditorium.
- Remodeling part of Zerbe Health Center.
Pictured: Crews work on rebuilding the Walters/Zbell Tennis Courts on lower campus.
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