LEWISBURG – Despite some delays, Bucknell University’s new Academic East building is expected to open on time for the beginning of the next fall semester. Justin Salyards, Senior Project Manager at Bucknell tells us the new building is set to open in late August.
He says they are ‘under roof’ and construction is focusing on brick work for the exterior and could be wrapped up in the next month of two. He also says dry wall, wiring, and piping work on the interior is ongoing, followed by other interior finishes.
Salyards says the contractor has dealt with very saturated soil due to rainy weather, which delayed the installment of some utilities. He says while some underground utilities are still not in place, it won’t impact other activities now. Salyards says all utilities should be installed by the spring.
The university says the 78,000-square-foot building will contain more than 25 engineering laboratories, which will expand lab space available to students and faculty by 50%. The building will also include four classrooms and additional research areas for student-faculty collaboration. The building will be home for the Education department, and he says that will help with “fostering future engineering-education collaborations and providing new, state-of-the-art resources.”
Another new academic building could be coming soon to Bucknell as well. The university says there is a proposed new home for the Freeman College of Management and the Department of Art and Art History. Salyards says that project is in the design phase, and nothing has been approved yet by the Board of Trustees.