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ELON, NORTH CAROLINA | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010 | VOLUME 36, EDITION 26
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One of the roofs of the five new Greek houses collapsed Oct. 24, arresting construction for a few days. The buildings, which will be LEED certified, have most of their framing completed.
Campus construction projects continue
The roof of one of the five new buildings being
added to the Loy Center at Elon University collapsed
Oct. 24, setting construction back a few days,
according to Neil Bromilow, director of planning,
design and construction management.
Bromilow said the roof probably caved in because
of wind at about 11:55 a.m. and no one was injured.
He said he thought the collapse would put the
project back only a few days, and the next day, the
site managers brought in a crane to lift the debris
off the second floor of the building and rebuild the
second floor structure, which was bent.
“It will probably be a couple dayS, not significant.
(There was) nobody hurt, you’ve got to keep telling
yourself that," Bromilow said.
Campus Safety and Police were the first to
respond after the parent of a student called to report
the collapse. The fire department, the school’s safety
committee and the contractor came to make sure
the site was safe.
“This is why we have fences,” Bromilow said. “This
is why you should not go in a construction site.”
One of the responders was junior Danton Kerz,
who leads the Elon University Community Emergency
Response Team, a program initiated by FEMA that
allows students to learn to be first responders. He
came with the fire department, he said.
“Right now, we’re the first CERT team in Alamance
County, so we respond county-wide,” Kerz said.
Amidst the setback on one building, numerous
other construction projects are under way on
Work is currently underway to construct Alumni
Field House north of Rhodes Stadium, five new
houses in the Loy Center, two new Colonnades
dormitories and renovations to the exterior of
Alumni Gym. Bromilow said all projects are
running on schedule, except for the newly-damaged
Loy Center house, which will take a few days to get
back on track.
The renovations to Alumni Gym should finish up
before the end of the month and both the new Greek
houses in the Loy Center and the new Colonnades
dormitory should be completed by July of 2011.
The additions to the Greek housing area on the
north side of campus are well underway, with most
framing complete. Some have windows already
These five buildings will house six Greek
organizations, with living space upstairs and
common areas on the first floor. Bromilow said these
are being built in a slightly different style than the
current Greek houses, which aren’t two complete
stories because the bedrooms on the second floors
of the buildings are only on sides.
“The big difference is these are a full two
stories,” he said. “Because of that, we get more beds
in the building and more useable space for the
Bromilow also said these buildings fall under
a different sustainability category than other
buildings on campus, like Lindner Hall. This
system is called LEED for Homes, a version of LEED
certification, and provides structures with a rating
based on energy usage.
He said they were cutting back on energy use in
the new buildings by making them airtight, with
a lot of insulation, to keep the interior cool in the
summer and warm in the winter without losing
energy to cracks and drafts.
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Downtown development to begin in December
In a collaborative effort between
Elon University and the Town of Elon
to further develop downtown Elon, a
new 24,000 square foot building will be
constructed on the corner of Williamson
and W. College Avenues, beginning in
According to John McDonald, whose
company is developing the building, it
will have three floors, each with 8,000
square feet available for both retail
and use by the university. While the
university currently owns the space, he
said he will have a long-term land lease
deal with Elon in order to build the
structure, which will be constructed
directly next to The Acorn Coffee Shop.
While the final cost has not been
determined, McDonald estimated it will
be in range of $3.5 to $4 million.
“My development group (with my
brother Mark) will own the building
and we’ll build the building," he said.
“When it’s finished, whatever space the
university leases, they will pay us for."
According to Provost Steven
House, low interest rates and building
costs came together to allow for the
finalization of the plan.
While McDonald will put up the
money to construct the building and
then collect rent, Kauffman Associates
will serve as the consultant.
“They are the ones who go out and
get the people to be in the space," House
The campus shop, currently located
in Moseley Center, will accommodate
half of the first floor, or 4,000 square
feet, and the entire second floor. An
escalator will connect the two floors.
“What we’ll do is leave 4,000 square
feet on the first floor for other retail,”
McDonald said. “That’s wide open.
We're having some discussions, but it’s
The university will have half of the
third floor, or 4,000 square feet, for
office space, he said.
The Pendulum is tentatively planning
to occupy 1,600 square feet of that
space to use as its office as soon as the
building is ready.
House said Parsons would give The
Pendulum temporary office space in
the McEwen School of Communications
until the building is complete. The move
to the new building would be temporary,
until a renovated or new School of
Communications is completed. At that
time. House said Parsons plans to bring
all student media together in the new
building. The other half of the third
floor of the new building on Williamson
will be available to rent by retail.
McDonald said the occupancies for each
floor have been finalized and a sketch
of the building has been completed and
approved by the university.
“We’re moving forward with it and
the Samet Corporation (the builder) has
the image,” he said. “There might be a
few minor changes, but for all intents
and purposes, this is the final design.”
The space, currently occupied by
not only the office of The Pendulum,
but also a parking lot reserved for
university staff, will need to be vacated
by the time construction begins.
“We are on schedule to begin
construction before the end of
December, but the university will
decided when the space needs to be
vacated,” McDonald said. “We need to
be able to turn over the space for the
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