Slippery Rock University maintenance has been working in the quad throughout the week putting in new sidewalks near the SGA Pavilion.
Scott Albert, assistant vice president of facilities and planning, explained the sidewalks in the quad needed to be redone for safety and aesthetic purposes. During the winter, the old sidewalks would pond water creating icy patches making the sidewalks dangerous for students, staff and visitors to walk on.
“The sidewalks in the quad have gotten to the point where we need to replace them because they look bad,” he said.
Albert explained the timing for the project is not ideal, but that maintenance was busy over the summer attending to other projects within the buildings on campus.
He said maintenance is aware of all of the events that occur in the quad.
“We’re doing the best we can to work around all the events that happen in the quad,” he said.
According to Albert, over the next few weeks students, staff and visitors should expect to see a lot more construction in the quad.
“Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks the students will be very pleased with the improvements,” he said.
He said not all of the sidewalks in the quad are being redone as sidewalks by Vincent Science Center and Advanced Technology and Science Hall were redone when those buildings were under construction. Maintenance works on the sidewalks on an as needed base.
“Over time as a section [of sidewalk] fails, we replace it,” he said.
Albert said maintenance is working hard to make the campus more aesthetically pleasing. Some efforts of maintenance include more flowers and new signage throughout the campus.
“We’re really working hard to continue to beautify the campus at a faster pace than previous years,” Albert said.