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Union Elevator Project Complete

March 22, 2011


MACOMB, IL -- The University Union accessible elevator and entrance project on the Western Illinois University-Macomb campus is now complete.

According to Ted Renner, deputy director of the Physical Plant, the $750,000 project, which was funded by Auxiliary Facilities Systems funds (University Union), created a new accessible entrance on the south side of the University Union, along with an accessible elevator for the Heritage Room, which is located on the building's top floor.

In previous years, individuals who could not use the stairs to access the Heritage Room, which is a venue for concerts, programs, lectures and other University events, had to use a chair lift located on the rear stairs, which was problematic with regards to maintenance, Renner added. Along with the new elevator and accessible entrance, the Heritage Room lobby was spruced up with new carpeting.

In addition, the new south entrance flooring is made entirely of rubber, which, Renner noted, is a renewable resource, is more durable and requires much less maintenance than traditional vinyl flooring.

"This project was long overdue," he added. "We are pleased to now provide a safe, accessible entrance and way for everyone to enjoy University programs held in the Heritage Room."

Posted By: WIU News, University Relations
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