CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - School administrators at Southeast Missouri State University will get a first hand look at the renovations in progress at the Show Me Center on Friday.
The first phase of construction began in May.
The building's telescopic seating and scoreboard, sound system and interior lighting systems are being replaced over the summer.
"The first thing they will notice when they enter into the arena is that there will be direct access to the floor," Ben Eller, facilities management project manager, said. "The seating is configured to allow an unimpeded entry by eliminating the 90-degree turn we had in the past."
Eller said other notable changes will be more lights for the new basketball court and aisle lights.
Kathy Mangels, vice president of finance and administration, said the original scoreboard was removed because it was based on incandescent bulb technology which was not energy efficient, and replacement parts were no longer available.
Mangels said these are high priority projects.
Carolyn Figliolo, associated director of facilities management, said the new video scoreboard is currently being assembled and is 75 percent complete.
Mangels said the new center hung scoreboard will have video capabilities like those at other Ohio Valley Conference schools.
The roof of the Show Me Center and Student Recreation Center is also being repaired. Mangels said the building's roof is 22 years old, and deterioration caused water damage, particularly on the south side.
Both phases of the renovations will cost the school about $9.49 million.
The facility contains much of the same infrastructure and building components that were put in place at the time the Show Me Center was built in 1987.
The first phase of construction is set to be completed by the end of the summer.