Construction aims to improve energy efficiency
A project between the Donaghey Student Center and Stabler Hall that has impeded traffic will be completed within a few weeks, but other obstructions are still to come, according to university officials.
The project will distribute chilled water from one central location to several buildings that currently have their own chilling systems, according to Dave Millay, associate vice chancellor for facilities management. He said that it is much more efficient to distribute the water from one central machine than for the buildings to have separate systems.
Other parts of the project include replacing light fixtures in some buildings to make them more energy efficient by using fluorescent bulbs.
The current area under construction should be completed within the next few weeks, but Millay did not provide a definite date. At that time, the area will be open again for vehicle and foot traffic.
After the current phase is completed, construction will move to the area between the DSC and the student union buildings. Foot traffic will be blocked in that area once excavation begins.
The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of September.
The project is being funded by a $2 million zero-interest loan from the Arkansas Building Authority, Millay said. These funds were made available because the ABA received funds from the Arkansas Energy Office and some federal funds from the governor. The funds from the governor were provided by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.