Eddy Hall to be completed this summer, new projects starting

Kendall Krautsack

After decades of what some consider unsatisfactory conditions, Eddy Hall should wrap up renovations this summer, and other projects are underway.

Eddy Hall, built in 1963, will undergo changes in its physical appearance, including a glass entrance and new windows. Heating and air conditioning will be fixed throughout the building.

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Eddy Hall accommodated students and faculty in the English, Philosophy, Foreign Languages and Literature and Communication Studies departments in the College of Liberal Arts. Eddy held around 150 faculty members and was used by over 10,500 students a week.

“One aspect that needed change was the single-wide door from the basement to the central staircase,” said Louann Reid, English professor and department chair. “When classes changed, it was nearly impossible for everyone who wanted to leave and enter that level to do so. Every time I used that door, I thought about how unsafe it was.”

Aside from wider stairwells, more space will be added to the Writing Center and lounge space will be available throughout the building.

Michael Losonsky, professor and former chair of the philosophy department, said he is happy there will be heating and air conditioning throughout the building.

“It was already bad in 1997 before the great flood and when the building was remodeled after the flood, we expected that they would take care of that, too, but they left the heating and air-conditioning as is,” Losonsky said.

After the flood in 1997, Losonsky said that many faculty members hoped the building’s problems would be taken care of, but they were brushed under the rug.

According to Losonsky, asbestos had been a problem in Eddy.

“We also knew then that there was asbestos in the building, which was not friable, at least not then, and so it wasn’t a huge concern, but we thought a thorough renovation at that time would take care of things for decades to come,” he said.

The departments usually found in Eddy have been moved to Clark A, Clark C and Ingersoll Hall until Eddy is complete.

Faculty members in Eddy are happy to see an end date in sight after spending nearly a year displaced in other buildings. Eddy should be finished this summer while other projects will begin construction, according to executive director of public affairs and communications Mike Hooker.

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Aggie Village, which will provide apartments for students on the south side of campus, has already begun construction. Construction for a new medical center at the southeast corner of campus will begin fall 2015.

While these projects have already gained approval for construction, other projects are not past the approval stage. According to Hooker, an addition to the Anatomy-Zoology building still requires approval.

Colorado State University may see more parking projects, including a parking garage on the east side of campus and a surface parking lot by the tennis courts across from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, according to Hooker.

Funding for projects like student housing and parking do not tap into tuition money.

“Parking and Housing are auxiliaries and fund their own projects through their own revenues,” Hooker said. “Funding for other projects come from a variety of sources including donations, bonds and department or University budgets.”

The new medical center will be funded through a combination of donations, lease payments, and revenue from the Health Network.

Collegian Reporter Kendall Krautsack can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @keni444.