September 25, 2006
Campus Facilities team completes major renovation
By Chris Banks
Facilities staff of the Colleges and University Housing Services
(CUHS) had a busy summer working on two renovation projects.
The historic Granary building near the campus main entrance
received extensive refurbishment inside and out, and 14 buildings
at College Eight underwent major maintenance as part of a 10-year
cycle for the colleges.
Renovations to the historic Granary building were made to retain its architectural integrity.
Photo: Chris Banks
The Granary is one of several historic buildings on the campus,
which requires that renovation work meet special standards.
"As a prominent building in the Cowell Ranch Historic District,
roof and window replacement and the installation of fire sprinkler
connections required a thorough review by the Environmental
Assessment Group. Replacement elements had to closely approximate
the original architectural look," said Chris Attias, CUHS facilities
The cedar shingle roof is consistent with roofing material
of the late 1800s when cedar was chosen for its light weight,
strength, and ability to shed water. In addition to historic
considerations, safety was an important factor in this renovation
since the building is a child development center. Safety
was a prime concern, said Attias, Preparation for
repainting and the removal and replacement of the windows and
doors required careful abatement of old lead paint. Granary
child development programs were temporarily moved to the Children's
Center at Family Student Housing while the work was being done.
Meanwhile, up on the hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, crews
were at work on the residence halls and apartments at College
Eight. Originally constructed in 1990, the buildings were beginning
to show the weathering of time. The ocean facing sides
of a building, as pretty as they can be for living, deteriorate
faster due to the sun and moisture exposure, said Tarun
Bhattacharya, CUHS major maintenance coordinator.
The interiors of the buildings were also showing wear. Repair
and replacement work provided opportunities to employ environmentally
friendly and resource saving elements. Some of these included
installation of new energy efficient water heaters, water saving
toilets, reupholstering or refinishing of furniture rather than
replacement, installation of carpet that contains recycled content
and is recyclable, and processing of the old carpet as waste-to-energy
to create clean electric power.
Completing both the Granary Child Development Center and the
College Eight renovations was a challenge given the short, summer-break
construction schedule, but the work was well managed and the
facilities were ready for their fall 2006 opening.