Recreation Center Construction

Housing Community Residents,

Welcome back from the Break and best wishes as you enter your last few weeks of the Fall 2016 Semester!  As you can see, demolition on Hoover Hall is well underway and is moving fast.  The building should be completely demolished by the end of this week!  I wanted to send a brief message about the work being done on the project for the rest of this week and into next week.


What to expect the weeks of November 28 and into the week of  December 5, 2016:


  1. The demolition of Hoover Hall will begin this week. Trucks will be loaded with debris to haul away from the site.  The sound of debris being loaded into trucks may cause some loud noise.
  2. The concrete foundation slab for Hoover Hall will begin to be broken up tomorrow- Friday, December 1. This will create noise and vibration very similar to what was experience at the old aquatic center site.  This activity will begin at 8:00AM instead of 7:00AM to minimize early morning disruption.
  3. The Contractors will continue to work on a trench for electricity in front of the Event Center. There may be some sirens from trucks backing up, but noise for this should be minimal.
  4. The Contractors will also continue to install utility lines in the alley between the South Parking Garage and Sweeny Hall. There may be some sirens from trucks backing up, but noise for this will also be minimal.
  5. A domestic water line will be installed down the sidewalk on the north side of San Salvador Street this week. The noise will not be excessive, and the contractors will try to do the work in a way that will not change or block the walkway for pedestrians using that area. This work will start at 9th Street and work down towards 4th


Overview of the Project:

If you have not yet had the chance, please look at the link below to see what you can expect to be able to use by Fall of 2018!

The demolition of buildings and the work needed to make this project a reality will produce some activity and at times some noise.  This is unavoidable and necessary to keep the new building process on schedule.  It is important that we share information with you so that you can be prepared for what is to come.


Construction Times and Dates

As you are aware, the demolition and other work is well under way!  The project will continue thru the reminder of the 2016-2017 school year.  While you will hear some noise in the early mornings, the loudest work on the project will not begin until 8:00AM each day.  Prior to that time, you may hear crews getting ready and trucks being moved into place, etc. but the most impactful work will not be started until 8:00 or later.



Please note that if you have concerns about living in a building near the construction site, you have options to relocate to another room or another building in the University Housing Community that may be less directly impacted by the project.  If you would like to consider this option, please speak directly with your Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) about different housing options and they will direct you to staff who can discuss the associated costs.


Progress of the Site

We will send an update at least every 2 weeks with progress thru the end of Spring 2017 semester so that you can track the progress of the new Recreation Center.


Questions or Concerns?

If you have concerns outside of this timeframe or other aspects of the project, please reach out to us at:


Thank you for your understanding and patience during this exciting time.  Enjoy your break this week!




Kevin Kinney

Director, University Housing Services