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GSC Improving College Avenue Stone Wall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2012

For more information:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462- 6390
Bob.Edwards@glenville.edu

Glenville, WV—Glenville State College is taking advantage of the lower summer student population and traffic on campus to make some needed improvements to the stone retaining wall at the entrance to the Heflin Administration Building. The cut-stone wall, which was built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration, has been deteriorating and posing some safety concerns.

Contractors removed portions of the wall stone-by-stone.

A portion off the wall is being dismantled and rebuilt on a more stable foundation. The height of the wall on both sides of the entrance to the GSC Administration Building parking area is being lowered to make it easier for drivers to see oncoming traffic when entering and exiting.

“This project is addressing several safety concerns with the wall. Some of the wall was beginning to tip, and that has been fixed. Also, the new lower configuration will allow better visibility for drivers on High Street. It will also make the entrance more aesthetic and welcoming,” said Thomas Ratliff, GSC Physical Plant Director.

The wall is being reconstructed at a lower height using the original stones.

The work is being completed by Rick Frame Oil Field Services and Mike Peters and Sons Construction. The renovations are expected to be completed by mid-July.

The $30,000 project is being funded through a USDA Community Facilities grant that was awarded to GSC to help preserve the historic 450 feet retaining wall. It was constructed using native sandstone cut from a quarry on Nutter Run in Gilmer County, West Virginia.

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