Some campus roads and sidewalks have been temporarily closed this week to accommodate the movement of equipment from Partridge Hall while the building is prepared to be renovated.
On Friday, Nov. 13 there was a partial sidewalk closure between the Student Center Annex and the Red Hawk Diner. The area was closed between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., but students were able to walk through the Student Center outdoor patio to get to University Hall. A similar instance occurred Wednesday, Nov. 18, when the same area was closed from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 14, the sidewalk between University Hall and Partridge Hall was closed from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students had the option of using University Hall as a passageway or walking around Partridge Hall to get to the Student Center.
“Partridge Hall is planned to be renovated,” Michael Zanko, the acting associate vice president of Design and Construction, wrote in an email. “In preparation for this renovation, equipment needs to be removed and in some cases relocated. These sidewalk closures are necessary to accommodate the logistics required to remove and relocate this equipment.”
A crane was required to remove the equipment from Partridge Hall and install a temporary cellular tower at the Student Center Annex.
The multiple sidewalk closures have not appeared to disturb students as they prepare for Thanksgiving break and their upcoming final exams.
“The sidewalk closings haven’t really bothered me,” said Tess Reynolds, a junior Communication major. “It’s really easy to avoid those areas and they are never closed for very long. I think the construction team is trying to accommodate students as best [as] they can. It’s not like the sidewalk construction by Morehead that’s just annoying to get around.”
Partridge Hall used to house many of the business classes, but now the department is primarily based in the Feliciano School of Business building between Dickson Hall and University Hall. Partridge will soon become the Graduate School headquarters and the new School of Nursing building. Construction began in October 2015 and the building is planned to be re-opened in the fall of 2016.