MOUNT VERNON — Downtown Mount Vernon is just weeks away from a brand new look, as the construction on the new engineering department for Mount Vernon Nazarene University, located at 104 S. Main St., is in its final stages. The engineering building, previously the Farley and Moore antique store, is slated to be completed with construction by the end of July.
The building had to be completely gutted, explained Denny Taylor senior director of facilities operations at MVNU. The construction process for renovating the building began early in the year, around the third week of January.
“Everything is brand new,” he said. “There is new plumbing, wiring, HVAC and windows. There’s also a brand new storefront. We pretty much gutted it to the bare bones.”
The building is currently in its final stages of preparation, according to Taylor. The last modifications are being made on the lower level of the building, with vinyl composite tile flooring being added. They are finishing up with installing all of the drywall throughout the building and will soon begin painting the walls on the upper levels. He also explained that the new roof is completed and the HVAC system is almost finished being connected.