Building a better look

Hilton Coliseum screen wall

Construction is under way on a screen wall feature along University Boulevard, east of Hilton Coliseum. The project will provide a permanent concrete pad for a trash compactor and screen the building's entire service area for a more aesthetic look that complements the campus entry point.

The wall, built of concrete to resemble the look of Hilton's facade, will be 9 feet tall and extend 140 feet along the road. A perpendicular, 20-foot wall will anchor the south end. Work on the structure should be complete in February. Landscaping, which will include trees, shrubs, grasses and vines, likely will be delayed until 2014 due to drought conditions. The project, budgeted at $145,660, is being paid for with athletics department and facilities overhead funds. Contributed art.