Upgrade to Food Service Facilities
Phase 1 in the multi-phase upgrade to facilities used for the delivery of campus food service was completed by the end of 2012. Phase I included infrastructure upgrades to the plumbing and electrical systems and the installation of some new equipment at the RedHawk Café and the Little RedHawk Café. Substantial, additional work to the cafeteria kitchen and serving areas occurred in the summer and fall of 2013 (including the installation of a new grill; the move of the south wall out into the dining area to increase the overall size of the serving area; the installation of a new beverage counter, cashier stations, walk-in cooler, and the creation of new entrance and exit points). New cafeteria signage was added in early 2014. The campus held a celebration of the completion of the work in February 2014.
RedHawk Cafeteria Open House/Ribbon Cutting February 6, 2014
Sewer Lines and Lift Station Project and IU Northwest Sewer Connection
The University has worked with the Gary Sanitary District on a major sewer project that provides substantial assistance to the campus (and the surrounding neighborhood) with the removal of storm water during heavy rains. The first phase of the project included installation of new sewer lines down Connecticut from Ridge Road to the Little Calumet River and construction of a new pumping station near Connecticut at 33rd Ave. Phase 1 of the project also included the construction of lines under Broadway along 33rd and 35th. Phase 2 of the project includes connecting with the new sewer lines W of 33rd and 35th to serve the main campus, as well as general campus drainage improvements. The University retained an engineering firm to develop a project design that will best allow it to connect to the new sewer. Rather than beginning part of the project in late summer 2013, Chancellor Lowe instructed Administration to work with UAO to begin and complete the entire project between April 1, 2014 – and the start of the Fall Semester, 2014. Plans are moving forward well. This project represents a significant investment in campus infrastructure.
Post-Demolition of the Old Tamarack Building
The old Tamarack building was demolished in the spring of 2012. “Phase 2” site improvements to the demolished space were completed in the fall of 2012. Phase 2 involved the basic development of the site, including laying sidewalks, planting trees and shrubs, installing lighting and a Code Blue emergency phone for safety, and developing a small addition to the Lot #2 parking area (primarily to provide appropriate space for the parking of campus buses, including shuttle buses, space for motorcycle parking, and some additional parking spots). Additional development of the site’s green space (“Phase 3”) will take place in the future. Chancellor Lowe initiated a campus conversation on further site development and consultative planning, based on the ideas/preferences developed as a result of the conversation are ongoing. An IU landscape architect is assisting. A report to the Chancellor from the landscape architect is anticipated in March of 2014.
Raintree HVAC Plumbing Replacement
Individuals within Administration worked with the University Architect's Office and University Construction Management on a major campus project involving the replacement of piping in Raintree Hall. Replacing ceiling and lighting on the first floor of RH also was a part of the project's scope. Work was completed by the end of the summer 2013.
Dunes “Envelope” Project
The University is working on a project that seeks to deal with the long-standing water intrusion problem within the Dunes Medical/Professional building. A phased-in repair plan is being pursued. Phase I of the project, which focuses on repairs to the building’s roof and parapet, began during late fall of 2013 and is ongoing.
Demolition of Vacant Homes/Sycamore Hall Demolition/Parking Expansion
Several vacant buildings owned/recently acquired by the University will be demolished over the next few months. The buildings are located either east of Broadway (in the area near the planned construction of the new building) or just south of Lindenwood and Sycamore. The Office of Fiscal Affairs has approved an expansion of parking for the Sycamore Hall parking lot. Demolishing the vacant buildings in that area will allow for the expansion to occur. Chancellor Lowe has directed that Sycamore Hall be demolished at the earliest possible time. The space made available from the Sycamore Hall demolition also will be included in the expansion footprint for the Sycamore parking lot. The University Architect’s Office is expected to propose a design for the Sycamore parking lot expansion within the next few months. UAO is also reviewing currently the entire campus parking situation to determine best opportunities for parking expansion generally on the campus.
Creation of New Interactive Campus Map
Administration is funding the creation of a new interactive campus map, which will be based on the IU interactive map template. Working with the assistance of IUITs, IU Northwest Marketing and Communications, the UA Space Management Team and PAGR, the new map will provide the campus added functionality/benefits. For example, clicking a building footprint will result in a live feed, providing building information in a popup box including photos and departmental occupants. Other benefits will include, e.g., optimized iPad/Tablet view, improved drawing and label tools, and an enhanced ability to share specific map zoom level with others by using a “link” tool (which may be useful for providing customized links for direction to events). The map is expected to be implemented for IU Northwest in the spring of 2014.