Next week, Scoular Hall at the University of North Texas will be demolished — the final step in preparation for construction work to begin on the student union.
It will take three or four days to knock down the building, and another few days to haul out the materials, said Don Lynch, director of system facilities and administration.
Scoular Hall is the former building for fashion and fibers students from the College of Visual Arts and Design, which has been relocated into a modular building on Welch Street.
Once Scoular Hall has been demolished and cleared, the remaining offices inside the union building will be moved to Stovall Hall and construction fencing will close off the job site so crews can start the demolition portion of the union update.
“As soon as we get those last occupants out of the union, we’ll close off the site and that will be the next change in traffic patterns for students,” Lynch said.
The construction on the union will renovate and expand the current space, creating a new facade and adding 100,000 square feet.
The space inside Stovall Hall designated for the offices still located inside the union are nearly complete, including the union administration offices and student legal services. While workers did not gut Stovall to make room for the offices, they did add new paint and carpet, Lynch said.
“We’ve had several of the departments go through the Stovall space that’s being renovated, and they seem to be pleased with the space that they’re getting,” Lynch said. “We wanted to spend as little money as possible, but make the facilities adequate, knowing that it’s a temporary space.”
The majority of office relocations happened before the fall semester, so there were several active job sites on campus, Lynch said. When Scoular Hall is demolished and the final offices transfer, contractors from the Beck Group will be able to focus on just one location.
“This summer was quite the exercise of rearranging and moving and things, but now we’re in the last stages of that, so we’ll be able to focus all our attention on working on the union,” Lynch said. “We survived the summer; we’re looking forward to this phase of it now.”
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