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Renovations revive Old Main

Tarah Johnson

Tarah Johnson

The Old Main plaza renovation project features a fountain and gathering area.

Katie Amundsen, Staff Reporter

One of the most obvious results of Lakeland’s recent construction project is the new entrance for the college that directly faces Old Main before splitting to North and South Drives.

Many aspects of the construction project highlight historical Old Main Hall. The new entryway and bridge frame Lakeland’s iconic building and create a dramatic first impression.

Construction of the Old Main Plaza further enhanced the building by making it look mroe appealing. The Plaza consists of a brick pathway and sitting area, equipped with benches and a fountain. The brick pavers used in the plaza are engraved with the names of those who donated to the project.

Alumni and other donners were able to choose between three different sizes ranging in price from the smallest costing $150 tot eh largest costing $1,500.

Additionally, when the trees around Old Main were removed during construction, it became apparent that the building itself would need restorative work.

Beginning last spring, the exterior of Old Main was scraped and painted. The roofing and brickwork were also touched up to combat deterioration.

The entire project, costing approximately $3.2 million, began in April 2011 and was recently completed.

 

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