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One major building alteration project is ununder way on the Southern Utah University campus, and a major repair operation is scheduled to begin later this summer.

Renovation and upgrading to meet seismic standards in the General Classroom Building are under way and scheduled to be completed by early September, giving the university needed additional classroom and faculty office space.The second project is the re-roofing of the 105,000-square-foot Centrum. Specifications for that project have been submitted for bidding. The successful contractor will have 75 days to complete the project, which is expected to cost about $450,000.

"Some inconvenience to users of the Centrum may result, since staging areas for the work will be located immediately north and west of the building," Michael D. Richards, vice president for university affairs, said.

The roofing project calls for removal and replacement of the existing ballast and membrane.

The upper two levels of the General Classroom Building (the former Science Building) have been completely gutted, and new interior walls are being built. Only the west half of the first level of the building is included in the nearly $1 million renovation project.

"A request for funds to renovate the remainder of the first level - originally planned to be a backup state electronics operations center - and to install chillers to allow air conditioning of the building will be made at the next session of the state Legislature," Richards said.

When completed, the renovation will make 30 additional faculty offices available, 15 on each of the upper two levels.

"The contractor, M.L. Hansen Construction, is working hard to complete the work as early as possible," Richards explains. "We will still need to hurry to complete installation of the floor coverings and to situate the furniture in order to be ready for fall quarter classes."

The remodeled first floor will include two classrooms and a 100-seat lecture hall.

Level two will include four classrooms, each with a capacity of 35-45 students; seminar room; physiological psychology laboratory; and two computer laboratories, one for general student use and one dedicated to psychology department use.

Pending approval this fall by the state Board of Regents, the psychology department will move from the Centrum to the second level of the building.

Included on the third level are three 40-student classrooms, an 80-student classroom and a seminar-conference room.

"In addition to the Centrum and General Classroom Building, we have a number of smaller alteration and repair projects scheduled for completion before the start of fall quarter to make the campus more efficient and convenient," Richards said.