Update on Improvements to Buildings at Concord

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 09 2006

CONTACT: Jeff Shumaker, Director, Physical Plant
1-304-384-5266, jshumaker@concord.edu

Update on Improvements to Buildings at Concord

Athens, W.Va. - Concord’s “Campus Beautiful” is growing, and several improvements are enhancing the University’s physical plant.

The installation of new lights in the H.C. Paul Theater is ahead of schedule, and the new lights were used for the theater production, “Talking With” during the University’s homecoming festivities. By the end of October, the Alexander Fine Arts main theater lighting project should reach completion.

Also coming along is the deconstruction of the College Courts. Most of the work has been done and the project is substantially complete. By the end of the fall semester, Concord students should have a larger variety of parking spaces from which to choose.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) restroom improvement project is 95 percent complete, with the renovation of eight bathrooms total; six in Marsh Hall and the other two located on the bottom floor of the J. Frank Marsh Library.

Callahan Stadium’s new artificial turf project is officially complete, and the field was dedicated at the University’s homecoming game on Saturday, October 7. The field is one of the top three football fields in the state of West Virginia, thanks to a generous contribution by Mrs. June O. Shott. The Director of Physical Plant, Mr. Jeff Shumaker, thanked Mrs. June O. Shott: “Certainly without her contribution this project would have never occurred.” The stadium lighting project, funded by an anonymous donor, is nearing completion.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Nick J. Rahall, II Technology Center was held June 28, 2004. “The construction is on schedule,” Shumaker states.” The new technology center is planned for completion by spring 2007.

Jeff Shumaker has been employed as Concord’s physical plant director for a little over a year. He noted, “As I look across the campus, I notice that there has been a lot of change just within the year I’ve been employed here. I am pleased to be a part of the changes.”

The continuation of construction will not stop here. There are plans for the construction of University Point, a facility that will house an interfaith chapel and alumni center, and major renovations being planned for the expansion of Concord’s J. Frank Library.


PHOTO: The Nick Joe Rahall, II Technology Center is in the foreground, to the left and then clockwise, Wooddell Residence Hall (men), roof of Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center, Alexander Fine Arts Center and the J. Frank Marsh Library (with satellite dishes on roof). The photograph was taken from the deck of Wilson Residence Hall (women), September 2006.

This news release was written by Kayla Ward, a senior majoring in English and journalism. Her hometown is Athens, W.Va.