With a physical presence the size of Pittsburg State’s, it is not surprising that there seems to be repair and renovation in progress somewhere on campus at almost any time of the year. And although the various projects may seem unconnected to the casual observer, a closer examination reveals the campus master plan beginning to unfold.
“The point of reference is the master plan,” said Paul Stewart, director of Facilities Planning, “and every individual project needs to fit into that plan.”
Stewart points to work on Hartman Hall, one of the seven buildings that frame the Oval, as an example.
“The master plan identified Hartman Hall as a prime location for an academic building,” Stewart said. “Eventually we expect to reclaim that space for academics.”
But Hartman, now a mixed-use building including the Physical Plant and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, was in desperate need of work. Serious issues with the roof and the overall structure, built in 1925, meant delaying repairs until the university was ready to transform Hartman into an academic building wasn’t an option.
“I always begin with preserving the envelope,” Stewart said, referring to the basic structure and systems of a building.
Crews worked through the summer on the roof, parapets, tuck pointing the masonry and the mechanical systems. Next up, he said, will be replacing windows and doors.
It was a similar story at other locations on campus. The Weede PE Building got a new aluminum skin, Hughes Hall got new windows and mechanical systems and Tanner Hall was renovated as part of an ongoing multi-year project to remodel all of the university’s residence halls. At the same time, the university made important progress on projects designed to increase energy efficiency in buildings across campus.
This summer, masonry work is planned for Kelce, new seating will be installed in McCray Recital Hall and several other projects will begin.
“The master plan is our guide,” Stewart said. “It calls on us to preserve and modernize the structures we have while we also plan for new facilities such as the Fine and Performing Arts Building. The plan keeps us focused on our long-term objectives.”
Visit pittstate.edu/masterplan for a more detailed look at the master plan.