WCU Haywood contractor outreach forum is April 18

Apr 07, 2017
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CULLOWHEE — With several major construction and renovation projects looming on campus, Western Carolina University has announced a series of outreach forums designed to provide information to Western North Carolina-based contractors, subcontractors and construction companies and to encourage them to participate in the projects.

The Haywood County forum will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Haywood Community College, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde.

Over the next few years, WCU will be constructing a replacement for its 1970s-era Natural Sciences Building, a $110 million project funded following the passage of the $2 billion Connect NC bond package in 2016.

The effort will entail construction of a new science classroom and laboratory facility and demolition of the existing science building.

Two residence hall projects also are on the drawing boards. A project on the upper portion of campus may include renovation of the existing Buchanan Hall, an outdated facility with 180 beds, and an addition of space for up to 600 more beds to create updated residence facilities; or it could entail the demolition of Buchanan and construction of new facilities of up to 800 beds at or near the site of Brown Hall, which is currently undergoing renovation to transform it into a modern dining facility.

A second on-campus student housing project is in the early planning stages, which would locate a new residence hall on a site to be determined on the lower section of campus.

Also in the works is a parking deck facility, which is in the design and siting phases with construction expected to begin in late 2018.

Other upcoming WCU projects include removal and replacement of the exterior walls of the Ramsey Regional Activity Center, changes to Memorial Drive infrastructure, an addition to the University Print Shop, relocation of food service options from A.K. Hinds University Center to Courtyard Dining Hall, three projects at the Highlands Biological Station and construction of a telecommunications structure.

For more information about the forums, contact Matt Ketchum at 227-7441.

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