Aggie Legacy Fields. Photo courtesy of Utah State University

LOGAN – Construction generally begins to ramp up in the spring and campus improvements at Utah State University are no exception.

Work at the east entrance of Old Main is underway to improve landscaping and install new sidewalks at the west side of the Quad. That project is scheduled for August completion.

Ken Carrillo is USU’s director of planning, design and construction. He said work is now underway on a high-profile campus feature south of the Taggart Student Center, the fountain donated by the O.C. Tanner Company in the 1980s, which is being replaced because of excessive leaking.

“Yes, we’re actually just renovating the existing fountain, which really includes replacing the existing concrete with new,” Carrillo said. “We’ll put in new mechanical infrastructure to circulate the water. We have had to take some of the landscaping out but we plan to put it all back.

“We’ve salvaged some of the existing trees, which we will be re-locating on parts of the campus, but we’ll be putting back new landscaping in and around that area.”

He said work has been underway this spring to replace the artificial turf on Merlin Olsen Field and at the Legacy Field south of the Spectrum.

“The stadium is completed and we’re wrapping up the Legacy Field right now,” Carrillo explained. “The service life of that turf is about 10 years. So, Legacy Field is just right in that area and it was about 10 years ago that we replaced the turf at the stadium.

“So it was due and we were actually able to get those projects pulled together as a single package — two different contracts — but the same manufacturer and contractor is doing both the projects for us.”

Carrillo said his office is wrapping up work on a master plan on campus housing projects which identifies time lines for the replacement of several older campus residence halls within the next five to 15 years.

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