posted on August 09, 2013 17:27
The University of Mobile is putting the finishing touches on a $7 million Campus Enhancement Project that dramatically changes the entrance to the 880-acre campus, adds lighting to the baseball field, and renovates major buildings on campus.
Fall semester classes begin Aug. 19, and faculty and staff are preparing for residence halls filled to capacity and students eager to develop their talents in more than 40 areas of study. Ram Rush, the annual back-to-school orientation extravaganza of get-to-know events, concerts, worship experiences and athletic competitions, begins Aug. 16 when students move in and continues through Aug. 24.
This summer UMobile renovated existing academic buildings to make more efficient use of space and meet changing needs. One key aspect of the project is the newly completed retaining wall constructed on both sides of the entrance drive – a necessary and beautiful addition designed to save the historic Eichold Oaks lining the drive from erosion that threatened them.
University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley said the Campus Enhancement Project represents “the most dramatic facility improvements we have done since the primary buildings were expanded in the early 1970s.”
While the university has expanded facilities, including the addition of three residence halls during the past eight years, the Campus Enhancement Project touches nearly all areas of campus.
The project is “really an extension of our 50th anniversary celebration, coupled with our sense of responsibility to care well for what we have,” said Foley. “We have made extremely efficient use of funds to accomplish major gains in aesthetics and function throughout campus.”
He said the improvements also complement the university’s reputation for quality in academics and all areas of campus life.
Campus Enhancement Project changes on the UMobile campus include:
• Renovated Ben May building to house the College of Arts & Sciences, with 10 faculty offices and five classrooms.
• Updated Frances Garner and M.C. Farmer academic buildings and upgraded heating and air.
• Expanding the bookstore and moving the student fitness center to Bedsole Commons, the student center on the first floor of J.L. Bedsole Library.
• Replaced original windows in Weaver Hall with tinted energy-efficient windows that will reduce heating and air conditioning costs.
• Installed outdoor lights at Jacobs Baseball Field to allow for night games.
• Completed baseball locker room with erosion control underway.
• Renovated outdoor swimming pool with new decking and restrooms.
• New irrigation and landscaping at the ram statue.
For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.
Photos by AL.com/Bill Starling
Laying sod beside new sidewalk along Pollock-Altmayer Drive
New bridges being installed on both sides of Pollock-Altmayer Drive
Dr. Ted Mashburn, associate dean, College of Arts & Sciences, settles into new office
New classroom in renovated Ben May Building in the Academic Park