A Busy Summer At Central Methodist

Projects to yield many improvements

While summers on many college and university campuses can make for a quiet and relaxed atmosphere, Central Methodist University will be abuzz with the sounds of equipment the hustle of work crews.

CMU has taken on $2 million in upgrade projects for the summer, according to Julee Sherman, Vice President for Finance and Administration. The goal is to have all work completed in time for the fall semester, which begins in mid-August.

Renovations to the Howard Payne Residence Hall center the plans, with $1.2 million worth of work scheduled. Much of the work centers on upgrades to the bathrooms and individual rooms. Students returning to campus in the fall will notice dramatic differences in a much more modern look and feel to Howard Payne.

Other areas that are being renovated range widely across campus. A new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system has been installed in Puckett Field House.

The Phillips Recreation Center is being dressed up with a new exterior paint job, as well as replacement of several exterior panels.

The old glass block windows of T. Berry Smith Hall are being replaced. On retiring President Marianne Inman's last day on campus, she was even given a sledge hammer to smash out a few of the old ones.

Both the President's Home and Givens Hall are undergoing various upgrades. The Mulberry Street Apartment steps will be replaced, and several parking lots improved. Irrigation systems are being added to some of the athletic teams' grass practice fields, Sherman noted.

All of these special projects are in addition to a significant amount of routine cleanup, repair and replacement work done by CMU's Plant Operations department.

With all of these changes continuing to move Central forward, CMU will be ready to jump headfirst into a new era.


Originally posted June 7, 2013


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