Thursday, July 29, 2010

Campus Construction To Close Eblen Center

Just a few days after announcing that they were open to walkers once again, officials at Tennessee Tech's Eblen Center say construction inside the Eblen Center and nearby on the Tennessee Tech campus is forcing the University to temporarily close the arena to any walking by the public.

“We feel badly about having to close for walkers again, especially after just re-opening a week ago following office renovations inside Eblen Center,” said Mark Wilson, TTU Director of Athletics. “This additional work as part of the chilled water system and the closing was not expected by the athletics department.”

The building will close on Monday, Aug. 2, and is expected to remain closed for 2 to 3 weeks as the University replaces faulty pipe insulation around the back half of the concourse. In addition to the work being done inside Eblen Center, a construction project is also underway along McGee Boulevard that will keep the road closed for a couple of weeks, according to Larry Wheaton, TTU Facilities Engineer.

“We’ll be replacing leaking chilled water pipes that are undersized,” explained Wheaton. “The job was bid back on May 5 but the subcontractor from Nashville was flooded, so it’s put things behind schedule on our project.The job has now received all the materials. We were notified this week that they would start Monday, so it’s short notice. It was in our contract specifications to get the job completed before school starts, so that’s our goal."

Information on reopening the facility will be posted on