The University Center—replete with heavy construction and earth-moving equipment—may be the
most visible improvement project underway at Hamline this summer, but it’s far from the only
“We work on about 70
projects in an average year,” Lowell Bromander, associate vice president
for facilities services, said. “The vast majority of those are done during the
summer. That’s our crunch time.”
Currently there are several
dozen renovations proceeding across campus including a newly resurfaced basketball floor in Hutton Arena, a vibrantly-redesigned aesthetic for the Anne Simley Theatre, new roofs for the law
school and Robbins Science Center, and visual improvements to classroom interiors.
coordinator of campus recreation and student activities, says he’s most excited
about the new sports program desk and conference room currently being
constructed in the lower level of Walker Fieldhouse.
“It’s going to really
cool; students will be able to check out a variety of sports equipment,” Shingles said.
“And any student organization or group will be able to book the conference room
While some projects
are performed by outside contractors, many are still done in-house by the
Facilities Services office.
“We hope the student
experience is improved by our work,” Ken Dehkes, director of facilities
operations and horticulture services, said. “We want to make campus more accessible,
more comfortable, and more distinguished.”
These renovations also
help Hamline’s campus become increasingly sustainable and energy-efficient. Recently-installed
LED lights in the pool facility, for instance, will save more than $7,000 in
electricity bills per year. Similar technology is slated to be installed across
campus by next summer.
“We have a very
unique campus,” Bromander said. “We want people to walk around, in and out of
buildings, and identify it as a part of Hamline.”
Check out the slideshow below for a look at just some of the summer improvement projects.
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