Update - Feburary 25, 2012
Beginning a major construction project with winter around the corner, the possibility of weather-related setbacks and challenges is high. The opposite has been the case with construction of the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center.
Initially, the weather was unusually wet, causing an early delay, said Rod Morrison, associate vice president of facilities and engineering. Nearly four months into the project, crews have made up for lost time, even gaining ground. Construction is about two weeks ahead of schedule.
All of the ground and foundation work has been completed and the steel framing is in place for the 22,000-square-foot addition onto the side of Seiberling Gymnasium. The exterior of the structure is largely glass. When additional structural work is completed, crews can begin to roof in the facility and begin to enclose it with glass. Morrison predicts that in about three or four weeks, interior work will begin.
In addition to new construction, renovation work also is being done inside existing space in Seiberling in the area that was formerly the handball courts. That space has been divided into two floors to create office space for coaches, graduate assistants and the sports information director. Faculty and staff for athletic training and physical education will be located inside the new space.