Saddlemire offices starting move to Conklin

A number of campus offices have begun a month-long move to new homes in Conklin North. Most of them are migrating from the Saddlemire Student Services Building, which will be torn down in July to make room for the future Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Moving first, last week, was the BG Experience program, from the fourth floor of Moseley Hall to the first floor of Conklin. BGX has relocated to join other student services programs in Conklin, where those that are most heavily involved with Orientation and Registration can gear up for the start of that program the week of June 18, said Robert Waddle, assistant vice president for capital planning.

The Office of Pre College Services, which administers such programs as Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search, is the first Saddlemire office to move, to the fourth floor of Conklin. That move was scheduled to wrap up today (June 4), followed closely by the relocations of the Center for Multicultural and Academic Initiatives on Tuesday—also to Conklin’s fourth floor—and the Office of Student Support Services, which is destined for the third floor of Conklin on Wednesday.

Occupying the second floor of Conklin will be the Office of Residence Life, whose move is set to start Thursday and Friday (June 7 and 8) and continue through next week.

Other third-floor occupants will include the Career Center, the Office of Student Employment Services and the Cooperative Education and Internship Program. They will head to Conklin the week of June 18, although the move could start the preceding Thursday or Friday if the process gets ahead of schedule. Student Employment Services will also have a service counter on the first floor of Conklin.

The final week of June is scheduled to begin with the relocation of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to Conklin’s first floor. That’s planned for June 25 and 26, with the Counseling Center to follow June 27-29. Most Counseling Center space will be on the fourth floor, but one office and a testing room will be on the first floor.

A few more occupants of Saddlemire will be moving toward the end of June as well, although not to Conklin. The Student Technology Center will go to current computer lab space on the first floor of Hayes Hall—changes are now being made in Jerome Library to accommodate those labs—while the College of Technology’s Architecture/Environmental Design Studies program is bound for the former state Bureau of Employment Services office building at 400 E. Poe Road. The University bought the building about a year ago and is having work done there to prepare for the architecture program’s arrival for fall semester.

Waddle said a couple locations are possible, but a site has yet to be finalized, for the Center for Applied Technology and its Large Format Digital Imaging Lab.

The moving schedule was set after looking at the offices’ needs—for electrical upgrades in Conklin, for instance—and considering who should be moved before O-Reg and who could wait, Waddle explained. The offices worked out where they would take up residence in Conklin, he added. “We wanted to minimize the amount of renovations,” but at the same time, it was important for the Counseling Center, for example, to be in a relatively quiet setting, which the fourth floor should provide, he said.

Leading each move will be Information Technology Services and Telephone Services, with Materials Handling then moving all boxes and miscellaneous, nonfurniture items. American Interiors of Toledo will move office furnishings.

Construction on the Wolfe Center will probably begin in about 18 months, Waddle said, while a new student services building is still a few years away.

June 4, 2007