UI construction: New everything for golden oldie

UI construction: New everything for golden oldie

The problems

Housing several offices, military programs, an indoor track and lectures, the Armory (est. 1912) is one of the UI's most versatile spaces. It's also one of its most overdue for fixes, many of which are happening this summer.

The solutions (part 1)

A large-scale remodeling project that began in 2016 calls for renovations to the interior (basic demolition; new floors, painting, hardware) and exterior (new windows, masonry, roof).

Other work involves asbestos and lead paint abatement; swapping out A/C window units with a central system; putting in LED fixtures; and making plumbing and fire safety updates.

The project is about 99 percent complete, says capital construction project manager NICK STANEY.

The solutions (part 2)

One of the oldest buildings is also getting some of the newest technologies: The UI's Center for Innovation, Teaching and Learning (CITL) debuts its Armory innovation spaces this fall.

"Students from every discipline will have access to the latest educational technologies in our new spaces where they will be encouraged to explore, create, and redefine what it means to be digitally literate," Director MICHEL BELLINI says.

The new classrooms will have breakout spaces and upgraded technology to encourage participation-based learning rather than passive lecture spaces.

"What they are doing with the instructional learning environments is just incredible," says Associate Provost MATTHEW TOMASZEWSKI.

The bill

The CITL budget is $4.5 million. But the UI saved almost $1 million on the southern exterior and office remodeling project after bids came in lower than expected, Tomaszewski said

The initial cost was $6.5 million, but will end up closer to $5.5 million.

JESSICA BURSZTYNSKY

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