Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What our $5.1 million campus renovation investment means to the Post University community

It's been a summer of renovations here at Post University. We started in May and have been working hard to give our campus a $5.1 million facelift. So far, everything's looking great. I've been fielding a lot of questions recently about the goings-on at campus, so I thought I'd answer them all in a blog post.

But before I dive into that, I wanted to share some photos we've been snapping around campus of our renovation progress, some of which you might have seen on our Facebook page. Here they are in case you missed them, plus some new ones.



And now, onto the details!

What's being renovated?

We're adding a synthetic, multipurpose, turf surface to LaMoy Field for our 15 NCAA Division II athletic programs. The new surface will be installed in place of the existing natural grass field for our sprint football, men's and women's soccer, and women's lacrosse teams. We are also revitalizing our softball field by building a turf outfield and clay infield.
The project is being managed by Friar Associates, based in Farmington, Conn. HI Stone & Son Construction, which is also a local company based in Southbury, CT, is the general contractor.

We are completely renovating Post University's West Hall to make it a more modern residence hall. Work also continues on the nearby pond, which will be transformed into a truly beautiful place to relax and study.

But that's not all. We've also given four other residence halls new roofs, are completing Traurig Library renovations, and improving several academic buildings and the campus grounds.

Why are we renovating?

Quite simply, for our students, faculty, and staff. A fundamental part of helping students develop the knowledge, personal skills, and experience they need to become leaders in their chosen fields is providing a place where they can feel comfortable, happy, and at home.

What's been done so far?

So far, at LaMoy field, we've removed the topsoil and established a sub-grade so that the field sits 10 inches below the final playing surface height. We've brought in stone to provide a solid base for the turf, as well as contribute to its fast drainage capabilities following a heavy rain.

The stone is placed on top of a membrane material that allows water to easily pass through and disperse underground. We removed several tons of material from the site to make room for the new base materials. As you might be able to tell, it's been an extensive process! If you want to know more, you can follow our series of renovation updates on the Post Eagles site.

As for West Hall, we have already gutted the inside and are overhauling the hall's entrance. By the time students return to campus this fall, it will have new bathrooms, lounge area, lighting, paint, flooring, a new roof, and a more welcoming entryway. In stage two, we plan to completely renovate the outside, adding new windows and yes, air conditioning.

Also by this fall, many members of our faculty will have new offices located in the lower level of the library. Be sure to stop down and say hello!

What are our renovation goals?

By continuing to improve our campus, we will create an even better and more inviting academic environment for current and future students, as well as faculty and staff. The investments in our campus extend to the greater Waterbury area as well.

The growth we've been experiencing allows us continue to bring well-paying jobs to the area, and contribute to the overall economic development of Waterbury and the state. It's a win for our students, faculty, staff, and community.

Speaking of jobs, we have many job openings currently available. If you know someone who is looking to join our team of professionals, have them glide over to our career opportunities page to learn more.

What's next?

We're planning to complete all renovations before the fall semester begins. In the next several weeks, we'll be wrapping up all of those construction projects that are currently underway. When you get back to campus, make sure you check out everything that's new and let us know what you think.

I hope you'll enjoy the new look of your home-away-from-home. If you'd like more information on our field renovation project, fly over to the Post Eagles site.