Volume 47, Number 9 - December 14, 2009

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The ceiling renovations are expected to be completed by Spring. Photo by Paula Omana/Falcon Times Staff.

North Campus undergoes ceiling renovations

By Tyler Stamatyades

As the fall semester wraps up the North Campus is undergoing many renovations, most of which are planned to be completed by the time school resumes in January.

Private contractors have been hired to complete many of the projects. One facet is the replacing of the ceiling grid and tiles in the center corridors on the first and third floors of building one. 

Cristina Mateo, dean for administration, said that the ceiling is ready to be replaced.

“The original ceiling tiles were made out of concrete,” Mateo said.  “It is obsolete in the market, and when [there] is a need to replace the tiles, they are very hard to find.”

Some of the other projects include the skylights, which will be replaced, the installation of shutters and impact-resistant windows, and the renovation of the advisement and career services office and updating of the electrical and telecommunications systems at the public safety office.

Funding for the project and its many components came from different sources.

“The college received a grant to replace the old exterior windows of building one with impact resistant windows as well as the installation of hurricane shutters for the main entrances to the building and the openings on the second and third floors,” Mateo said.

“The money to support the projects not covered by the grant,” Mateo said, “came from the Maintenance and Capital Outlay Funds from the State to support renovation projects.”

Robert Rawiszer, president of All American Ceilings, the company contracted to install the grid and ceilings tiles said that he did not know the cost for the entire project, but he estimated the cost to be at least $200,000.

Biology major Rachel Earle is concerned about the construction posing safety issues for students and faculty.

“The lights are swinging and hanging by the wires, it’s going to hurt somebody,” said Earle, 17.

Other students like biology major, Hira Shabbir, are alarmed by the possible bodily harm associated with a construction worksite

“[The extra airborne dust and particles] could cause health issues,” said Shabbir, 18.

Mateo said that the inconveniences associated with the renovations are normal and expected with this type of construction.

“[They consist of] detouring to access to your classroom or office where the area is being worked on, some noise level at times, and following directions to be assisted in new designated temporary offices,” she said.

Mateo said that advisement and career services would be housed in a temporary office from Dec. 16, 2009 to Jan. 20, 2010.

“Advisement and career services operation will be moving to Room 1164 and partially to the second floor of the building,” she said.

Mateo also said the campus is working on other capital projects.

“Future renovations,” she said, “include completion of the aquatic center during the spring term; completion of the theater during the spring term; renovation of a sound recording studio; and the renovation of the old science labs [in building one].”

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