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UDC Breaks Ground on Plaza Deck Renovation

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Uploaded on Aug 5, 2010

The University System of the District of Columbia broke ground today (August 5, 2010) on a fourteen-month renovation of the University's Van Ness campus. The $9.5 Million capital project is the largest, most comprehensive development to date in the University's efforts to improve its facilities and create the best possible educational environment for its students.

"We want our state university to be the center of activity in this neighborhood and the center of academic excellence for our city and region," said Dr. Allen L. Sessoms, President of the University System. "By creating a more friendly and inviting campus, we hope to bring our community into all the wonderful things happening at the 'new' UDC."

The Plaza Deck and Parking Garage Renovation project will include repairs to structural concrete in the parking garage and expansion joints on the plaza level. A sub-surface drainage system will be installed to better manage storm water runoff and will facilitate grey water collection and possible reuse. This storm water management system will also allow for a final filtered "scrubbing" of grey water prior to entry into the area drainage systems. Increased 'greenscaping', all new surface pavers and architectural stonework, improved ambient footpath illumination, and a new water fountain sculpture that will use recycled water, are also featured in the design.
The DC Department of the Environment is contributing to the project with a $2.2 Million grant to create 'green' rooves on campus and other sustainability features.

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