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Construction Projects Continue at USD

Construction Projects Continue at USD

The University of San Diego campus is quieter than normal this spring. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic required that students be located off-campus and turned both faculty and students toward online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. Campus events are canceled, postponed or have moved online, including Mass, guest speakers, alumni happy hours and the upcoming Associated Students Government presidential debate and election.

However, there is one activity moving ahead as planned on campus — university construction.

“As of right now, construction activity continues,” said Zach Knipe, USD’s director of planning, design and construction. “The construction industry has been determined to be essential, so we are continuing as best we can. We have seen some supply chain blips and some short-term pauses on some projects, but overall, we are weathering the storm well and projects remain on track.”

One notable project that continues is construction of the Learning Commons, located behind Copley Library and across the street from Mother Rosalie Hill Hall. The Learning Commons, which is part of USD’s Renaissance Plan, is still scheduled to be finished by the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester. The Copley Library renovation continues to take shape on the inside as President Harris noted on a March 19 Twitter post. It is expected to be finished later this year.

Knipe was asked if any construction projects scheduled for later this year have started earlier than expected, due to having students off campus.

“We’ve been able to get a much bigger jump on the updating of the Valley B resident halls with new flooring and restroom upgrades,” Knipe said.

Two prominent projects scheduled for later this year on the calendar are renovations for the university’s two original buildings, Camino Hall and Founders Hall. Both are scheduled to begin at the end of May. Each of the buildings will be offline for the entire 2020-21 academic year. This includes Founders Chapel, although it is expected that regular Masses will take place in the Ministry Center, which opened in 2019.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

For more information about USD’s construction projects, many of which fall under its Renaissance Plan, please visit the University Operations’ website.

Construction of the Learning Commons, seen here during a Topping Off Ceremony in December 2019, is continuing during the current COVID-19 pandemic.Construction of the Learning Commons, seen here during a Topping Off Ceremony in December 2019, is continuing during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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