Local Universities Use Summer to Make Improvements Around Campus

SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va.-- Around the Valley, colleges and universities use this time, when students are gone, as a way to make improvements around the campus.

Leaders at local universities said, they haven't wasted much time, getting stuff done before students return in the fall.

A big project James Madison University is taking on, is expanding the University Recreation Center more than two times the size.

They will also be working on West Grace Street Housing, the Student Success Center and the health center, to name a few.

The expansion and renovation of the Madison University Recreation Center is expected to cost about 57 million dollars.

At Bridgewater College, their big project is the expansion and renovation of their athletic department. School leaders said it is projected to cost about 9 million dollars.

At Eastern Mennonite University, they will be doing major renovations on their Suter Science Center. Renovations are projected to cost about 7 million dollars.

Harkirat Mann, a local JMU student, said he visits the gym many times a week. He said, these changes will make a big difference.

"Usually you have to wait fifteen minutes before you can get onto a machine or use any of the weights. Now, it will be a quicker flow. We will be in and out, so it will be a better experience," said Mann.

The goal is to have construction complete at the University Recreation Center by Fall 2016.

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