|Health and Fitness Education Center site preparation as of Aug. 18, 2011|
I’ve heard of people checking the progress on the Health and Fitness Education Center multiple times each day via the live webcam at www.bluffton.edu/hfec/. Others report watching the feed for a half hour at a time to determine how many truckloads of dirt are dumped every 30 minutes. Then there was the email filled with great anguish sent when the webcam link was moved off the home page.
It’s good to see that people are so excited about the new center that they are fascinated with dirt being moved. Kevin Nickel, VP for fiscal affairs, reports:
They are bringing in 18,000 cubic yards of fill dirt. That is about 1,300 truckloads. To date they have been working on site preparation. Local contractor, Don Snyder, has been doing the earthwork and site preparation work.
New water lines, electric lines and data lines have been extended to the new building site. Storm water lines are partially installed and should be completed in the next couple of weeks. The building pad is nearing the final elevation meaning the pouring of footers can begin in the next couple of weeks. New sidewalks have been poured between Marbeck and Founders/Burcky.
Currently we are ahead of schedule by a few days. That is subject to change depending on weather and any unexpected items that might arise.It’s a good thing people are excited, because as with any major construction project there will be inconveniences, such as parking.
Parking is very limited in the three lots along Rosenberger Drive, between Elm Street and Burcky Gym. Signs are posted to guide you to the visitor parking when you visit campus. Just keep in mind, there will be more parking than before when the project is completed. It’s a short term inconvenience for a long term benefit.
Enjoy keeping tabs on the progress. The webcam now has its own tab at the lower left corner of Bluffton’s web, www.bluffton.edu/ or feel free to bookmark the actual page, www.bluffton.edu/hfec/