It looks like Chapman University planners and construction managers missed the memo about those lazy days of summer. From the ongoing construction of the Center for Science and Technology to a major remodeling of historic Reeves Hall, there’s a whole lot of work going on around campus.
Here’s an update on the projects.
A $9 million remodeling of the hall includes a complete seismic retrofit, improved ADA accessibility – including an internal elevator to all floors – new fire, life and safety systems, and a build-out of interior offices and classrooms for the College of Educational Studies. Completed in 1913, Reeves Hall is a two-story building with a complete basement level and is one of the original buildings of the former Orange Union High School that make up Chapman’s historic core. The modernization will not affect the historic integrity of the building, which is listed in the National Registry for Historical Buildings. Completion is expected this spring.
Center for Science and Technology
This summer will see Chapman reach two construction milestones on the largest building in the University’s history, Chief among them will be what builders call “dry-in,” the phase when exterior walls, roofs, windows and doors are in place and the interior is no longer open to the elements. Dry-in allows for connection of permanent power. The 2.25-acre project is more than 50 percent complete and is on track for its opening in fall 2018. Check in on the progress via this campus webcam.
Erin J. Lastinger Tennis Center
When they return in August, University athletes will enjoy a state-of-the-art tennis center equipped with six NCAA-rated courts for tournament play, plus one practice court. The centrally located scoreboard will be capable of displaying scores for all the tournament courts at the same time. The facility’s east and south facades are the original brick that once fronted industrial buildings in the historic area.
Construction is moving fast on the $5.3 million project. Catch a glimpse of the progress while you still can in a video produced by Chapman Athletics.
Lindquist Arts Esplanade
Construction in this area near the Waltmar Theatre is part of the University’s ongoing replacement of its underground water mains throughout campus. Walkways, paths and landscaping in the Lindquist Arts Esplanade will be restored before fall classes resume. A different section will be replaced each summer.
Rinker Health Science Campus
A recently tenant-vacated section of the 9401 Jeronimo Road building that is part of the 25-acre campus is being remodeled to house additional classrooms and offices. Located in Irvine, the campus is home to the Chapman University School of Pharmacy and graduate programs in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. The remodel will be complete for the fall semester.
Display image at top/ Amanda Galemmo ’20