Photo feature: Campus construction

With expansions to student housing and the Recreation and Wellness Center well underway, the large cranes that have become synonymous with UCCS throughout the Colorado Springs community will soon leave campus.

University Communications and Media Relations’ Jeff Foster captured the progress this week.

Village at Alpine Valley
Village at Alpine Valley construction

Village at Alpine Valley

According to Carolyn Fox, university architect, Facilities Services, construction for the $74.5 million 515-bed expansion of UCCS student housing is on schedule.

Phase 1,  which includes La Plata House, Cucharas House and The Roaring Fork dining complex, will be completed by July 31 and will add space for 292 students. The facilities will open in August  and will be ready for students for the fall semester.

Construction on San Juan House, which is part of a second phase, is underway. Following a topping off ceremony in May, the onsite crane will be dismantled.

Once the latest housing projects are completed, UCCS will have space for 1,640 students to live on campus.

Construction underway in new SOLE office, photo courtesy of UCCS Campus Recreation
Construction underway in new Student Outdoor Leadership Experience (SOLE) office. Photo courtesy of UCCS Campus Recreation

Recreation and Wellness Center 

The UCCS Recreation and Wellness Center expansion made noticeable recent progress with the addition of large concrete walls.

According to Charles Cummings, project manager, Facilities Services, the project is on schedule and is expected to be completed by mid-fall 2015.

“All of the precast concrete panels have been installed at the addition so students can see where the new gymnasium will be,” Cummings said. “[Other] recent progress on the Rec Center includes completion of the new SOLE area which is adjacent to the existing building entry… [Next], the entry desk will be relocated to allow construction of the connection between the old and new portions of the building. Please bear with us.”

According to Cummings, a large piece of structural steel will soon be placed on the West Lawn for faculty, staff and students to sign before it is put in to place during the topping off ceremony.

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— Photos by Jeffrey M Foster

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