Construction and renovation are almost a given on campus, but this past year has seen more large projects than at any time in the university’s history. Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning, said it has been a busy but exciting time to be at Pittsburg State.

Overman Student Center

The Overman Student Center’s footprint on the Oval is a lot bigger these days. By the end of January, brick was going up on the outside of the extension on the east side of the building. Inside, crews were making great progress in both the new and renovated spaces. In addition to expanding the Crimson and Gold Ballroom, the project will create a new, larger U-Club, add numerous meeting and conference rooms and provide additional room for student dining.

“It’s very satisfying to be involved in a number of projects that will have a long-lasting impact on students and the campus,” Stewart said.
The fall semester began with the opening of a newly renovated Nation Hall, the next to last phase of a multi-year effort to renovate all of the university’s residence halls.
Throughout the fall semester, the sights and sounds of construction were everywhere. The replacement of the HVAC systems in Heckert-Wells Hall were completed in the early fall as the massive expansion and renovation of the Overman Student Center got into high gear next door.
To the east, the new Plaster Indoor Event Center rose alongside the Weede Physical Education Building while work on the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts wrapped up in November.
The Plaster Center is slated for completion midway through the spring semester, Stewart said, while the work on the student center is expected to wrap up in time for the opening of the fall term.
Renovation of East Nation, the last piece in the residence hall renovation plan, will get underway at the close of the spring semester and will be completed in time for the beginning of the fall semester.