The University Record, April 25, 1994

Central Campus noisy, dirty—but will be worth the aggravation

By Mary Jo Frank

Central Campus is either being torn up or improved, depending on your point of view, acknowledged Dean Edie N. Goldenberg at LS&A’s April 11 faculty meeting.

Updating faculty on the progress of a number of projects near the Diag, Ctirad Uher, associate dean for research and facilities, asked his colleagues to be patient. Central Campus is noisy and dirty, Uher said. “Please try to survive it. It is better to do it now and get it over and have a better campus.”

The unprecedented construction activity, following what Goldenberg described as decades of neglect, will, according to Uher:

  • Improve infrastructure

  • Increase space for programs

  • Create new classrooms

  • Consolidate operations

  • Bring buildings into code compliance

    On the downside, construction requires temporary disruptions and relocations and puts pressure on classrooms, resources and nerves, Uher noted.

    He updated faculty on several projects:

    East Engineering

    Total renovation of the building, costing $28.5 million, is being done in two stages. The Department of Psychology will occupy the north wing incrementally starting in September. Work on the south wing, scheduled to begin next January, is expected to be completed in time for the Department of Mathematics to move in during winter 1996. Funded by the Office of the Provost and LS&A.

    Kelsey Museum

    Internal renovations, including creation of a mezzanine and installation of an elevator, totalling $1 million, are expected to be completed by the end of this month. Funded by central administration, LS&A and gifts.

    Science Library

    An integral part of the Undergraduate Library renovations (third and fourth floors), the $11 million project is scheduled to be completed in May 1995, but that target date is slipping due to weather-related delays, Uher said. Occupancy will be in stages, starting with math and biology in summer 1995, with chemistry to follow. Funded by bonds.

    Randall Addition

    Construction of 110,000 square feet of laboratory and office space is under way. The $23.4 million project is scheduled to be completed in summer 1995. A fourth floor space, currently unfunded, may be occupied by astronomy and the Astrophysics Institute. Funded by bonds.

    Angell Hall

    This $17 million project includes renovation of the infrastructure and programmatic renovations. The five-stage project began with the fifth floor and infrastructure in January, and is scheduled to be completed in September. Other stages are: ground floor and first floor north (September 1994–April 1995), ground floor and first floor south (April–November 1995), second floor (December 1995–May 1996), and third and fourth floors (May–December 1996). Funded by the state, Office of the Provost and LS&A.

    Renovated Angell Hall will be home to the departments of English, Classical Studies and Philosophy; Honors Program; LS&A’s Student Academic Affairs; English Composition Board; Comprehensive Studies Program, CRISP and astronomy teaching laboratories.

    Angell-Haven Connector

    The proposed 40,000-square-foot structure for humanities programs would cost about $7 million. The project was re-submitted to the Regents at their April meeting. The projected completion date is the end of 1996. Would be home for the departments of History, English, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature and provide classroom space. Funded by the Office of the Provost and LS&A.

    C.C. Little Building

    The $17 million project includes total infrastructure renovations and some programmatic upgrade. The multi-stage project is scheduled to be completed in August 1996. The building houses the Department of Geology and the College of Pharmacy. Funded by the state, Office of the Provost, LS&A and the Department of Geology.