Construction in full swing as fall comes to a close

It may be noisy and inconvenient, but construction on the Davenport campus is entering a very exciting stage. For the most part, the demolition is over and the construction is underway. We can see the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center take shape before our eyes!

It is a pleasure to share the progress with those that had such a huge role in planning and approving the projects. Palmer Board Chairman Trevor Ireland, D.C., was recently on campus and had a chance to see how far we’ve come since his last visit during Homecoming in August. He was impressed to see the strides we’ve made since then.

Dr. Trevor Ireland (left) with Dr. Dennis Marchiori at the athletic & recreation center construction site.

Dr. Trevor Ireland (left) with Dr. Dennis Marchiori at the athletic & recreation center construction site.

Construction on the north end of campus is coming along nicely, too. We’ve made steady progress on the retaining wall, and the tower is starting to take shape. If you haven’t been to campus recently, please stop by and see our progress. If you’re too far away to visit, click on the “construction webcam” button at the right to see our daily progress.

Progress on the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center.

Progress on the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center.

Great article on renovations and Dick Bittner sees our progress

In case you missed the wonderful article in the July 22 Quad-City Times on our northwest gateway renovations, I invite you to read it.

Deirdre Baker, education reporter for the paper, interviewed me, several architects and Mr. R. Richard (Dick) Bittner about our current projects, particularly the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center. He came to campus for his interview and I had the opportunity to give him a peek at our progress.

Special thanks to Dick Bittner for providing the signature gift that initiated this phase of campus improvements. I must admit it was a bit surreal to see these planned improvements underway and transforming the Palmer landscape we all knew, and to be side-by-side with the man who initiated our momentum.

Photo of Dr. Dennis Marchiori showing renovation work to Mr. R. Richard Bittner

Showing Dick Bittner progress on the transformation of the Alumni Auditorium into the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center.

Dick Bittner in front of what will become the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center

Dick Bittner in front of the building that will be transformed and bear his name.

Construction in full swing in Davenport

Construction work on Alumni Auditorium.

Work continues on the Alumni Auditorium.

It’s so exciting to see the daily changes on the Davenport campus as we continue the north site and Alumni Auditorium construction projects. The photo shows demolition work on the Alumni Auditorium, which will be transformed into the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center by next January.

Click on the “Construction webcam” button at the top right-hand corner of this page  for live updates of the construction.

Davenport campus construction has begun!

Construction on the retaining wall next to the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.

Construction on the retaining wall next to the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.

Construction on the north site improvements to the Davenport campus is underway. The photo shows a view up Main Street of the demolition of the retaining wall that runs next to the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library and the employee parking lot. This week we’re scheduled to begin demolition in the Alumni Auditorium as well. I’m excited to have this work started and can’t wait to see the changes ahead!