UPDATED: Lory Student Center construction underway

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Jan 312013
 

Author: Kirsten Swanson

[youtube]http://youtu.be/RlZLvZ3r9eg[/youtube]By Allison Sylte
CTV News

Producer’s Note:  This story is the first in a two-part series on the Lory Student Center renovations. CTV Reporter Bree Hottinger and Photojournalist Sean Korbitz contributed to the television story.

Behind the tall green fences and trailers that now line the west end of the Lory Student Center, a team of up to 30 construction workers have begun laying the foundation for the largest capital improvement project on campus in recent memory.

And once the summer is over, that team will expand to up to 300, who will work day and night to ensure that the $65 million project finishes both on time and on budget.

“It’s always unique to remodel a building while it’s being used,” said Bill Bialek, a CSU graduate and superintendent for Saunders Construction. “… It’s a challenge to be in the center of campus, and in an area that is so frequently used by students.”

Construction officially began during winter break, and so far, the crew has torn down the solarium and the west end of the south ballroom, as well as started to update the LSC’s over 50-year-old utility system.

This process has involved navigating equipment around an underground steam tunnel, slowly chipping away at the student center’s exterior with a more than $80,000 remote control jackhammer, removing the remnants of an old ice rink and carefully recycling as many bricks as possible to achieve the project’s desired sustainability rating.

In addition, the crew has meticulously tried to salvage all of the sculptures and alumni plaques from the stairwell leading to the LSC’s west entrance, as well as attempted to use as much signage as possible to ensure that students and staff members don’t accidentally enter the construction area.

Currently, the project is both on time and on budget, Bialek said.

“So far, we haven’t gotten any complaints,” Bialek said. “We’ve tried to be as low-impact as possible.”

But that didn’t mean that students returning from winter break weren’t jarred by yet another construction project on a campus where the sight of yellow tape and the sound of jackhammers is a familiar one.

“It’s horrible,” said Samantha Denard, a sophomore ethnic studies major. “I mean, we came here to come to Colorado State, [but] we go to Construction State.”

Since 2007, notable construction projects have included the Campus Recreation Center, Durell Center, the Behavioral Sciences building, Moby Arena, Rockwell Hall and the Computer Science building.

The $60 million of the LSC reconstruction project budget funded by bonds is the largest of any CSU project since 2007, according to a presentation found on the Facilities Management website.

The second most costly bonded project is the Lory Apartments, which will utilize bonds for the entirety of its $48 million budget.

University officials familiar with the bonds process were unavailable for comment by deadline.

The Lory Student Center renovation project will completely overhaul all 160,000 square feet of the facility, as well as add approximately 40,000 gross square feet. In April 2011, students approved a $70 student fee to help fund the project, which will not go into effect until fall 2015.

While the center is under construction, many of its services — including the Associated Student of CSU and the various campus advocacy offices — will be relocated to the MAC gym in the Campus Recreation Center.

“But I think all the people that are involved in the relocation, all the student services offices, diversity offices, ASCSU government… I think they are all ready to work together and make the space work because without this space, they would be dispersed across campus and maybe some of them off campus,” said Judy Muenchow, the executive director for Campus Recreation.

Take a look at collegian.com’s story relating to the move in May here.

CTV Multimedia Reporter Allison Sylte can be reached at news@collegian.com. Kirsten Swanson, Kari Pills, Sean Korbitz and Briana Hottinger contributed to this report.

UPDATED: Lory Student Center construction underway

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Jan 312013
 

Author: Kirsten Swanson

[youtube]http://youtu.be/RlZLvZ3r9eg[/youtube]By Allison Sylte
CTV News

Producer’s Note:  This story is the first in a two-part series on the Lory Student Center renovations. CTV Reporter Bree Hottinger and Photojournalist Sean Korbitz contributed to the television story.

Behind the tall green fences and trailers that now line the west end of the Lory Student Center, a team of up to 30 construction workers have begun laying the foundation for the largest capital improvement project on campus in recent memory.

And once the summer is over, that team will expand to up to 300, who will work day and night to ensure that the $65 million project finishes both on time and on budget.

“It’s always unique to remodel a building while it’s being used,” said Bill Bialek, a CSU graduate and superintendent for Saunders Construction. “… It’s a challenge to be in the center of campus, and in an area that is so frequently used by students.”

Construction officially began during winter break, and so far, the crew has torn down the solarium and the west end of the south ballroom, as well as started to update the LSC’s over 50-year-old utility system.

This process has involved navigating equipment around an underground steam tunnel, slowly chipping away at the student center’s exterior with a more than $80,000 remote control jackhammer, removing the remnants of an old ice rink and carefully recycling as many bricks as possible to achieve the project’s desired sustainability rating.

In addition, the crew has meticulously tried to salvage all of the sculptures and alumni plaques from the stairwell leading to the LSC’s west entrance, as well as attempted to use as much signage as possible to ensure that students and staff members don’t accidentally enter the construction area.

Currently, the project is both on time and on budget, Bialek said.

“So far, we haven’t gotten any complaints,” Bialek said. “We’ve tried to be as low-impact as possible.”

But that didn’t mean that students returning from winter break weren’t jarred by yet another construction project on a campus where the sight of yellow tape and the sound of jackhammers is a familiar one.

“It’s horrible,” said Samantha Denard, a sophomore ethnic studies major. “I mean, we came here to come to Colorado State, [but] we go to Construction State.”

Since 2007, notable construction projects have included the Campus Recreation Center, Durell Center, the Behavioral Sciences building, Moby Arena, Rockwell Hall and the Computer Science building.

The $60 million of the LSC reconstruction project budget funded by bonds is the largest of any CSU project since 2007, according to a presentation found on the Facilities Management website.

The second most costly bonded project is the Lory Apartments, which will utilize bonds for the entirety of its $48 million budget.

University officials familiar with the bonds process were unavailable for comment by deadline.

The Lory Student Center renovation project will completely overhaul all 160,000 square feet of the facility, as well as add approximately 40,000 gross square feet. In April 2011, students approved a $70 student fee to help fund the project, which will not go into effect until fall 2015.

While the center is under construction, many of its services — including the Associated Student of CSU and the various campus advocacy offices — will be relocated to the MAC gym in the Campus Recreation Center.

“But I think all the people that are involved in the relocation, all the student services offices, diversity offices, ASCSU government… I think they are all ready to work together and make the space work because without this space, they would be dispersed across campus and maybe some of them off campus,” said Judy Muenchow, the executive director for Campus Recreation.

Take a look at collegian.com’s story relating to the move in May here.

CTV Multimedia Reporter Allison Sylte can be reached at news@collegian.com. Kirsten Swanson, Kari Pills, Sean Korbitz and Briana Hottinger contributed to this report.

CTV11 News Thursday November 8, 2012

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Nov 092012
 

Author: Kari Pills

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Senior-anchors Kirsten Swanson and Scott Huston team up for a special super-star edition of CTV!  Melanie Rose and Ryan Green return with another episode of Celebrity Countdown.  Reporter Sofie Vukovich attends the group FACE’s a capella performance.  Wayne Stafford uncovers the Fort Collins Police Department’s new attempt at preventing citizens from listening in on important chatter.  Scott Huston takes a look at the CSU men’s basketball team before the season hits full-throttle.  Kirsten Swanson talks about the special art displayed in the Morgan Library.  Kelsey McCallister tells you when you can expect a return to more seasonal conditions…hint: it’s soon!

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Fern Lake Fire continues to burn west of Estes Park

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Oct 112012
 

Author: Kirsten Swanson

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CTV Reporter Kirsten Swanson went up to Rocky Mountain National Park. A 660 acres fire has been burning since Tuesday afternoon in the east side of the park. Fire officials cannot get into the area where the fire is burning because it is located in an area where tree cover is thick and the hillside is steep. Two helitankers have made runs throughout the day to drop water on the fire. A cold front should be coming through the area Thursday night. Officials are looking for some moisture out of that storm.

CTV News: Students get registered to vote as the deadline arrives

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Oct 092012
 

Author: Kirsten Swanson

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Tonight on CTV News on Channel 11 weather reporter Ashley Wallinger let’s us know what the weather looks like for the rest of the week and the weekend. You can also check out her early morning forecast for Wednesday on our website tomorrow morning.

Reporter Katie Spencer found an art event that commemorates the High Park Fire this summer in Fort Collins by turning ashes from the fire into pieces of art.

Reporter Michael McNulty found that the Fort Collins Bike Share program is on its last leg. As a final effort to save the transportation resource, Fort Collins will bring in other outside companies to fill the program gap.

And as always we have your community calendar filled with great events to check out around CSU this week.

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CTV 11 News Thursday October 4, 2012

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Oct 052012
 

Author: CTV Staff

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Top story: Lena Howland explains this week’s stadium announcement.  Sean Korbitz brings you coverage from yesterday’s presidential debate in Denver.  Wayne Stafford uncovers some interesting facts about the Masonic Temple here in Fort Collins.  Kirsten Swanson explains why students are searching for gnomes on campus, and Kelsey McCallister challenges you to guess which day the first real snowfall will occur this year.

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Gnomes hidden around Colorado State’s campus

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Oct 042012
 

Author: Kirsten Swanson

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CTV Reporter Kirsten Swanson found that one Colorado State organization decided to hide three gnomes around the campus. The gnomes were hidden in places that are historic or important to CSU. Two of the gnomes have been recovered for a great prize from one coffee shop in Fort Collins.

Smart back-to-school shopping

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Sep 052012
 

Author: Kirsten Swanson

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Back to school and need a change in wardrobe? Recycle stores in Fort Collins make it easy to revamp your fall style on a budget.

Clothes Mentor and Plato’s Closet are two recycle stores in Fort Collins. The process makes it easy for shoppers to bring their gently used items to in the store and sell them for cash or store credit.

Nicole Margheim, manager of the Fort Collins Plato’s Closet, said the experience in the store is unlike one shoppers would feel at the mall.

“We truly are one-stop shopping here at Plato’s Closet,” Margheim said. “You can come in the store and find any store or brand that you would find in the mall.”

Plato’s Closet specifically tailors to teens and 20-somethings when it comes to style. In the racks of the store, shoppers find hidden gems like Steve Madden heels and wedges, Lucky brand and True Religion jeans and even Juicy Couture handbags.

Clothes Mentor provides styles for ages anywhere from nine to 89.

“We have everything from athletic wear through casual wear,” Paula Braley said. Braley is the Fort Collins store manager. “We’ve got lots of career wear and lots of casual wear.”

Clothes Mentor also has racks and racks of professional clothing. Blazers, slacks and dress shows line the walls of the store.

Both stores sell these designers labels for 60 percent of what shoppers will find in department stores.

“You can feel good about yourself and spend a fraction of the cost,” Margheim said.

Another perk of recycle stores is the fact that shoppers can sell their gently used styles.

Braley said by offering cash on the spot, customers get a real bang for their buck from outfits that may have the tags on them.

“Sometimes we buy things and we think we like them and never wear them,” Braley said.

Both stores are also looking for part-time help in the Fort Collins stores. Check out their Facebook pages listed below for more information.

Plato’s Closet – http://www.facebook.com/platoscloset

Clothes Mentor – http://www.facebook.com/ClothesMentor

CTV Reporter Kirsten Swanson covered this story. She is a senior journalism major. Reach Kirsten on her Twitter @KirstenESwanson.

 

Update: Aurora theater shooting

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Jul 302012
 

Author: Kirsten Swanson

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Update: July 30th, 2012
Denver, Colo – The suspect in the Aurora theater shooting appeared in Arapahoe County Court Monday. James Holmes was advised on charges after he shot up an Aurora movie theater premiere of The Dark Night Rises.

Holmes was charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder (be advised, these charges are doubled in number for the victims of the shooting).

Both the murder and attempted murder charge carry the death penalty if Holmes is convicted.

The prosecution against Holmes will be stalled for now. A new Arapahoe County district attorney will take over the case after the new officials are installed. That means that Holmes trial could be put off for up to a year.

Twelve people died in the theater massacre, including a six-year-old little girl.