The Board of Visitors’ Buildings and Grounds Committee approved a new video scoreboard for Scott Stadium and heard updates on the Alderman Library renovation during their meeting Thursday. The Council also approved the naming of two new upper class residence halls in honor of former professors, as well as adding new expansions to the Fontaine Research Complex.

The new scoreboard at Scott Stadium will be 54 feet high and 125 feet wide, university architect Alice J. Rauscher said. The scoreboard is currently 21 feet long and 28 feet wide, making it the second smallest scoreboard in the ACC, second only to Boston College.

“The proposed video board would put us in the top three in the ACC with Clemson and Florida State,” Rauscher said.

The current scoreboard now in Scott Stadium – which was installed in 2009 – is aging and requires several repairs annually. The age of the scoreboard also makes it difficult to order replacement parts.

Additionally, installing the new scoreboard will require replacing the entire video scoreboard and sound system in the stadium. The design team was led by VDMO Architects, and the project aims to provide enhanced audio-visual performance for the 2024 football season.

In addition to approving the new scoreboard, Colette Sheehy, senior vice president of operations and state government relations, provided an update on the Alderman Library renovation project She said she hopes to reopen the library to students after the Thanksgiving break.

Since the last project update was presented in committee interview In March, scaffolding was removed from the library’s exterior. Although the library will be open, it will take an estimated six months to fully transport the books back into the space, Sheehy said.

Storage within the library has been converted from piles to high-density storage. According to Sheehy, this will ensure that the space used to store books is reduced, and many titles will remain in the storage facility.

Sheehy also discussed the renovations on McCormick Road in front of McCormick Residence Halls, which were done over the summer. The road’s sidewalks have been widened and travel lanes narrowed, which Sheehy said is intended to slow traffic and emphasize the road’s pedestrian focus.

“Students would come out into the street during class change times because there was heavy traffic in this corridor here.” Sheehy said. “This is a really big improvement.”

Other projects discussed included the two existing upper-class residence halls building On Brandon Street, near Bond House and the Student Health and Wellness Centre.

The committee voted to name the buildings Gaston House and Ramadani House after two former university professors, Paul M. Gaston and Ruhollah “Ruhi” Ramadani, both of whom taught at the university for more than 30 years. Depending on university naming policies, residence halls are usually… The name of the thing For veteran faculty who are effective teachers.

Each residence hall will have approximately 350 beds and 100 parking spaces, as well as a shared dining area. The two buildings are is expected It will be completed by fall 2024.

New residence halls for senior students as the university moves toward its goal of requiring all first- and second-year students to live on the grounds. The requirement is an important part of the university 2030 plan – A set of goals for the university focusing on a variety of long-term projects.

The committee also approved plans for several expansions of the Fontaine Research Park, including a new power plant and biotechnology facility. These additions are part of a larger plan for additions to the park, which includes sidewalks and bike lanes.

“Part of our focus has always been to increase transit and pedestrian connectivity to the park,” Rauscher said.

The Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet again during December Meetings Council of Visitors.

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