Major CSC construction project to begin

Saturday' graduation ceremonies at Chadron State College marked a milestone of sorts: it will likely be the last one in the Armstrong Building gymnasium.

Work is already underway on a multi-million dollar upgrade and expansion of the Armstrong complex to the south that will include a new and larger Events Center Arena that will be the future home of CSC basketball and graduation.

College Vice President of Administration and Finance Dale Grant says the end of spring classes and graduation means the contractor can start working on the area south of the gym.

Grant says parking lot immediately south of the gym should be gone and initial construction underway within the next two weeks.

Grant says work on the project through the winter and spring has focused on filling in the Armstrong pool to convert the auditorium into the athletic department's new weight room.

The events center will likely not be completed in time for next year's spring commencement, but is expected to be ready for the 2014-2015 basketball season.

Meanwhile, work continues to move forward on the Coffee Pavilion...the first phase of the new Rangeland Complex going up east of the Burhiser complex. Grant says progress has been slowed the past couple weeks by snow and wet ground.

((Dale Grant

That wet ground should delay work is ironic because during the earthwork phase, the soil was so dry that water had to be worked into to meet compaction specifications.

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