Housing update timeline vague

Victoria Grattan, Staff Writer

Pitt-Johnstown’s strategic plan lists objectives to enhance the quality of living and learning on campus. Among other objectives described in the seven-year plan, is a renovation schedule for campus facilities.

Renovations listed as objectives include athletic facilities, classrooms and student housing. These renovations are to begin during the 2015 fiscal year.

Mark Dougherty, Executive Housing Director, said that the residence hall renovations are to be completed by the end of the strategic plan, which expires in 2021.

“Decisions about what those renovations will entail will be a joint decision among several university departments:  Housing, Plant Operations, Student Affairs, and Finance and Administration,” Dougherty said.

Walkthroughs of residence halls were to have been performed by Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar to evaluate what may need to be changed. However, university officals may instead utilize a contractor to inspect the buildings.

Andrew Walbeck, Facilities Management director, said that planning for capital projects is a continuous task.

“It is something we are constantly evaluating and redefining,” Walbeck said.

Nicholas Digiorgio, a Student Government Association senator on the association’s Campus Development Committee said that Spectar is pushing to get the proposed seven-year strategic plan completed in five years.

“[Spectar] is taking an aggressive approach to remodeling resident facilities,” Digiorgio said.