On the heels of the Duane Library renovation, Fordham is gearing up for another high-profile unveiling. To follow is an update on some of the restorations, renovations and upgrades that will wrap up or gear up during the 2004-2005 academic year.
- The University Church: The scaffolding is down and administrators are preparing for an Oct. 13 rededication ceremony for this New York City landmark on the Rose Hill campus. (See A Beauty Restored.) The 15-month, $5-million project included the complete restoration of the church’s stained-glass windows and gargoyles, in addition to the installation of a new roof, copper flashing, pinnacles and tower capstones.
- Keating Hall: With the installation of a new elevator structure and skylight restoration surrounding the Keating tower, construction is set to begin on a number of new projects at one of the signature buildings on the Rose Hill campus. Among them, new studios for WFUV, 90.7 FM (www.wfuv.org), to be built in the basement, along with a new student lounge, language laboratory, fine arts studio and practice space for the arts. The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education faculty offices will be relocated to the old WFUV space, on the third floor of Keating.
- WFUV antenna: Fordham was in the news this spring for finding a home for WFUV’s new broadcast antenna. The transmission antenna will be constructed on top of a building owned by Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Once the complex approval process is complete, construction of the transmission antenna will begin. The entire process is expected to take up to two years.
- Athletic field restoration: A new turf surface was installed at Murphy Field on the Rose Hill campus to replace the six-year-old artificial surface. Turf and lighting upgrades for Coffey Field and Fordham Prep will take place over the next six months.
- Lincoln Center master plan: An environmental impact statement is being drafted for submission to the New York City Department of City Planning this fall, and the University is working with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to coordinate the campus master plan with the arts center’s redevelopment effort.
- Marymount College: A blue-light security phone system was installed on the Marymount campus, and additional security mechanisms were installed in Gailhac Hall and Butler Hall to separate residential and general academic spaces. A number of hallways in Rita Hall at Marymount received new flooring, lighting and painting.
- Fire safety: Fire sprinkler systems were installed in a number of Fordham residence halls, including Alumni North at Rose Hill and Gailhac Hall at Marymount.