Heidelberg keeps busy with projects over summer

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Pictured is the upgraded turf at Hoernemann Stadium.

This summer, Heidelberg University has been working toward completing three major projects around campus.

The projects are funded through about $4.2 million in investments from donors, university support and fundraising and money that have been allocated.

Projects are new turf and track at Hoernemann Stadium, renovation and beautification of Pfleiderer Hall and phase two of the Hoernemann Refectory renovation.

Rod Morrison, associate vice president for facilities and engineering at Heidelberg, said the field turf was converted in 2008 and the track hasn’t been updated for about 20 years.

The turf and track project has a cost of $1.1 million.

IMAGE SUBMITTED An artist’s rendering of the updated turf.

The life cycle of the turf is about 9 to 11 years and the field was in year 10.

“It was time to replace it,” Morrison said.

Morrison said the new field will be competition ready. He said it also was logical to redo the track at the same time.

The old turf survived three floods since it last was replaced. Morrison said the turf is expected to be completed by the start of football camp this Thursday.

The track will be an eight-lane track with pole vaulting and long jump areas being replaced as well.

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Work is undergoing at Hoernemann Refectory for phase two of the renovation project.

When the project is completed, the track then will be Ohio Athletic Conference and NCAA competition eligible — which means Heidelberg will be able to host home meets.

Pfleiderer Hall’s renovation — which has a cost of $1.1 million — was 90 percent donor-funded along with grants from the Meshech Frost Charitable Trust and Tiffin Community Foundation.

The renovation includes restrooms, classrooms and faculty offices on the first floor and an installation of an interior elevator. The rear entrance will also have new lighting, a patio entryway and landscaping.

In addition, new front stairs and cleaning, repair and truck-pointing of the stonework will also be done to the building.

Herbster Chapel, located inside Pfleiderer, also is to be renovated with the opening of its archway with new glass and glass doors.

Morrison said the building’s renovation was brought to the university by one of the institution’s major donors.

Morrison said there also has been an update of $190,000 worth of media equipment for the faculty.

Also this summer, phase two of Hoernemann Refectory project started.

The project, at a cost of $2 million, was in part of the long-term partnership with Parkhurst Dining.

Renovations include a two-story glass addition which is to house a bakery and coffee shop and a new entrance at the corner of Greenfield and Rebecca streets. According to Morrison, this entrance is to eliminate any congestion at the other entrance.

Morrison said grab-and-go parking spaces along Rebecca Street are to be added along with outdoor seating for community members wanting to visit campus.

Included in the renovation project will be the creation of a “clean plate station,” an allergen-free dedicated space for cooking, serving and storage of materials that is to accommodate students with food allergies and other special dietary needs.

Morrison said this isn’t just for those with food allergies, but also for those who just want to eat healthier.

This project is estimated to be completed by the end of December.