|Construction on the new
College of Business and Economics building will alter the
Feb. 16, 2006
by Pamela McLaren
Those entering the campus from the south
side may notice a few more twists and turns ... and a whole
lotta changes goin' on. This is all in preparation
for the construction of the new Steven G. Mihaylo Hall,
the future home of the College
of Business and Economics.
Construction for a newly revamped entrance from Nutwood
Avenue to parking lots E, F and I is now going on behind
fencing and black plastic. The former visitor parking area
has been converted into a new four-lane roadway, leading
into the campus.
"All the construction will eventually create a wonderful
new building and an entrance that will make it easier to
enter and leave campus," said Michael Smith, director
of design and construction.
"Meanwhile it does create a challenge
for those who come to campus either by foot or bicycle
and who used to use the pathway that ran from the corner
of Nutwood Avenue and Langsdorf Drive.
"We ask campus members to please use the sidewalks
on the south side of the street along the College Park property,
then use the crosswalk at the corner Nutwood and Commonwealth
to get to campus. Although it may be a little out of the
way for some, it is the safest way to walk to campus."
Smith noted that prior to construction a traffic study was
performed to determine an efficient way for automobiles to
enter the campus from the south.
"When completed, the new entrance
will include a signalized intersection with three lanes
entering and two lanes for exiting campus. Nutwood Avenue
will be restriped so that there are multiple turn lanes
from both the east and west to move traffic quickly onto
and away from campus."
Completion of the entrance project is expected sometime
in June, Smith noted.
While the entrance project is the most visible of the south
side projects, phase one of the Mihaylo Hall construction
is underway with preparation of the site.
Phase two, which authorizes the contractor to procure the
steel needed for the structure,was approved last week and
allows for the development of the foundation.
Plans call for the building to be ready for the fall 2008
semester, Smith noted.
An access map for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians and additional
information about these projects can be found on the design
and construction Web site at http://d-c.fullerton.edu/construction_map/index.htm.
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