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Humanities building cleaned for Centennial
Contractors have been hired to clean and do maintenance on the Humanities building, Facilities, Engineering and Planning Manager of Communications Susann Glenn said. This includes scrubbing the exterior and replacing some broken roof tiles. Glenn said the work is considered preventative maintenance, but could give the appearance of construction because of the scaffolding necessary to perform the work on the building's exterior.
Glenn said the project began in late December during winter recess. It was expected to finish before students returned to class, but heavy rainfalls delayed the project. It is expected to wrap up by Wednesday, Jan 18th.
Glenn said FE&P didn't disclose the cost of these projects due to competitive bidding practices but the project was funded out of the general campus maintenance budget. Glenn added that there will be a number of similar cleaning projects happening around campus in anticipation for the upcoming Centennial celebrations.
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