Construction Continues

Rankin Center renovations moving along as scheduled

by Published: Aug 26, 2013

Demolition on Campus: The Rankin Center renovations are moving along as planned. Completion is projected for December 2014.Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Demolition on Campus: The Rankin Center ren­o­va­tions are mov­ing along as planned. Completion is pro­jected for December 2014.Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Nothing says “Michigan” quite like expan­sive con­struc­tion projects in highly traf­ficked areas.

Fortunately for Physical Plant Associate Vice President Mike Hughes, the ren­o­va­tions on the Rankin Center are mov­ing along as planned and on the set pace, and will not stretch into 2015.

“We’re in the demo­li­tion stage and that’s mov­ing along on sched­ule,” Hughes said. “Project com­ple­tion is look­ing like December 2014 still. We’re also work­ing on util­i­ties for the new build­ings which should be com­pleted dur­ing the fall.”

Not only does it appear the project will be done on time, but con­struc­tion work­ers are also look­ing at a long haul through the bone chill­ing Michigan winter.

“There will be absolutely no break,” Hughes said in regard to the winter.

The only clear issue is a steam line that will need to be replaced, and the mate­ri­als are eight to 10 weeks away from being com­pleted. The tem­po­rary road between Rankin and Swan will be closed dur­ing that time and may cause some traf­fic issues. Hughes esti­mated the road will reopen as stu­dents head home for Thanksgiving recess, if not a week earlier.

One of the lesser known pieces of the project is its infor­ma­tive web­site, where stu­dents can even watch the project unfold in front of their eyes.

“I would encour­age stu­dents to look at our project web­site,” Hughes said. “There is a lot of infor­ma­tion about the project includ­ing two web cam­eras that are strate­gi­cally positioned.”

The web­page includes the ini­tial sur­veys taken amongst the stu­dents, fac­ulty and com­mu­nity on the pri­or­ity of what needed to be included in the new University Center.

One of the many goals of the new University Center includes mak­ing it an archi­tec­tural anchor of the cam­pus sim­i­lar to the likes of which FLITE and the Optometry Building provide.

The archi­tec­tural mod­ern­iza­tion of Ferris has taken over a cam­pus that stu­dents have groaned is “outdated.”

“It was just an old build­ing, kind of dark and out­dated,” Ferris sopho­more music indus­try man­age­ment major Brandon Miller said. “I’m excited to see a new, more visu­ally appeal­ing cen­ter go up.”

As many stu­dents hope, the build­ing will be com­pleted sooner rather than later.

“It’s sup­posed to be done mid­way through my junior year,” Miller said. “It would be a shame if it was delayed too long and I never really got any use out of it.”

The project, as well as being on tar­get for its December 2014 com­ple­tion, is also cur­rently on bud­get, accord­ing to Hughes.

The build­ing includes another Starbucks as well as more space for stu­dent organizations.

The University Center’s project web­site can be found at fer​ris​.edu/​U​C​R​e​n​o​v​a​t​ion.