A warm hello from the USF campus. Having finished grading exams, I’m hoping to update the project blog more frequently for you over the summer. Commencement exercises concluded Saturday evening, and today, the CSI construction perimeter is taking shape around Harney plaza.
But May has seen a lot of prep work already, even during the last weeks of classes and the final exam period. From the Golden Gate Avenue side of campus, you can see a pleasant green wooden wall behind the trees between Harney Science Center and the Memorial Gymnasium.
Capturing What Nature Provides
Here’s a May 16 construction photo of what’s happening behind that fence.
Near the University Center, the crew has been digging a pit for an enormous rainwater cistern. The new Center captures rainwater for efficient re-use. That’s one of many aspects that is pushing the project steadily toward, we hope, a LEED Gold rating for sustainable design and energy efficiency.
Demolition Preview: Guard
Generations of new students, visitors and employees remember the guard shack next to Memorial Gymnasium. As of early May, this was removed as part of site preparation (primarily to facilitate truck traffic and pedestrian visibility/safety.) The early May photo below captures the moment right before the shack remnants were removed completely. (Visitors note: a temporary guard shack now sits between Memorial Gym and the Hayes Healy Building, just a bit to the east.)
The “one way” sign is accurate, as the summer will see a steady stream of material taken away from main campus, as the excavation of Harney plaza gets going.