New East Plaza Renovation Planned for Foy Hall
By Gail Riese
The flower beds on the east and west sides of the Centennial Garden in Ross Square, as well as the former Koi fish pond, have been filled with flowering annuals. As an extension of these recent efforts in Ross Square, the Foy Hall East Plaza will undergo a makeover this summer. The East Plaza project completes the transformation of this area of campus, begun last fall by Facilities Management Landscape Services.
“The plaza renovation along the east side of Foy Hall complements the recently renovated space in Ross Square and the new 2,900 square-foot dining venue and renovated courtyard to be built on the southwest corner of Foy Hall,” said Jim Carroll, University Architect. “Together, these projects raise the quality of the public open space in this highly-traveled part of campus.”
Funded by a Facilities Management deferred maintenance account, the Foy Hall East Plaza renovation will include the installation of new seat walls, bicycle racks, lighting and electrical fixtures, landscape plantings, and permeable pavers.
“Permeable pavers allow stormwater to filter through paved areas into the underlying soil. Stormwater from impervious areas can contain pollutants that are harmful to water quality, such as sediment, nutrients, heavy metals, pathogenic bacteria, and petroleum hydrocarbons. The permeable pavers allow rainwater to drain through the pavement and filter contaminants, thus, protecting our water resources,” said Jeffrey Dumars, Assistant Director of Campus Planning & Space Management.
Construction of the East Plaza is expected to begin soon and finish prior to the start of the 2014 fall semester. The new dining venue and courtyard are anticipated to start by the end of May 2014 and open in January 2015.Rabren General Contractors, Inc. of Auburn, AL was awarded the contract for both projects.
Last Updated: May 13, 2014