Update on maintenance building closure and campus building projects

June 23, 2006

Lacey, Wash. –– Recently, during an inspection of the maintenance building in the center of the Saint Martin’s University campus, the City of Lacey determined that the building was structurally unsound and ordered that it be vacated. The building, which housed, in addition to maintenance and custodial functions, the campus bookstore, mechanical engineering labs, an old boiler and some Abbey offices, has now been closed for occupancy. In a flurry of activity, the bookstore was moved to temporary quarters in Old Main and plans were developed to create space for maintenance, storage, and engineering labs.

On Thursday, June 22, the Board of Trustees approved Phase I of a three phase plan. Phase I includes building a new multipurpose building that will house heavy mechanical engineering labs, maintenance and custodial functions and contain significant storage space. The building will be located on the west side of Baran Drive near the residence halls. To provide for the remainder of the mechanical engineering labs, an industrial space on Ruddell Road near the Pavilion has been leased. In addition Phase I will provide for demolition of the old maintenance building and smokestack, the current modular storage unit and landscaping of both sites. Work on Phase I will commence in July and be completed by September, 2006.

Planning will go forward for Phase II and III over the next two months. Phase II calls for a new building to house the bookstore as well as engineering classrooms and mechanical engineering labs. This building will be located on the north side of Baran Drive southeast of the current engineering building, Cebula Hall, and would be completed by August, 2007. Phase III provides for space for the admissions office. The location of this project is yet to be determined. The Board will review plans for Phase II in September.

Most of Phases I and II will be funded through gifts recently received in unrestricted bequests to the University along with other contributions.

For more information:

Holly Harmon
Director of communication
(360) 438-4332