University Housing is nearing the home stretch for Tower and Lakeview halls with less than 50 days until opening on August 1, 2013. Contractors are finishing painting and installing windows and the finishing touches for each apartment, including kitchen cabinets, tile floors, light fixtures, ceiling fans, carpet and more.
Wolf Ridge at Centennial is beginning to look like the finished product now that the lobbies and lounges are painted and the brick is complete. University Housing has selected the furniture for the common spaces and the individual apartment spaces. Permanent power is also complete and Telecom wiring is underway. Roofing, dry wall and elevator installation is also nearly complete with more than 480,000 man-hours expended on the project so far.
Grounds crews have begun landscaping and constructing sidewalks along the exterior of the buildings and along the interior of the property to accompany the pedestrian path between Engineering Building III and Tower Hall. Trees were planted along Initiative Way and the top of the new parking lot and University Housing is securing bike racks and other outdoor furniture for the green areas surrounding the buildings.
Campus Enterprises has announced the name of the on-site bookstore: The Pack Shop. The store will carry a combination of snacks, school supplies and branded Wolfpack gear. Wolf Ridge will also have a full-service dining facility, On the Oval, on the first floor of Tower Hall. With indoor and outdoor seating for more than 420 people, residents, faculty, staff, campus partners and visitors to On the Oval can choose between four micro-restaurants. Cold Fusion will offer sandwiches, wraps and salads with fresh bread, meats and cheeses. Fahrenheit will provide artisanal pizza with seasonal meats and toppings. Flashpoint will focus on traditional Asian dishes with customizable sauces. Newton’s Grill and Newton’s Diner both will offer a breakfast and traditional diner menu.
Once the property is complete, University Housing and University Dining will be offering tours. Look for more information on these tours as construction nears completion.