When students return to campus this month, they’ll notice some changes as campus offices prepare for the eventual demolition of Chambers Hall.
Upon completion of fundraising for the $75 million Vision in Action initiative, 85-year-old Chambers (and a one-story building currently housing WFF custodial services) will make way for the new Halbert-Walling Research Center. But that means its occupants – psychology, and language and literature, as well as WFF – need new homes, and to make room for them requires setting up and knocking down a series of proverbial dominoes that ultimately involve seven buildings, on and off campus.
Here’s how it works:
Two other projects indirectly related to Vision in Action also are taking place on campus this summer:
In Brown Library, crews soon will move all books on the third floor into compact shelving on the bottom floor, opening up a common area east of the AT&T Learning Studio that will include additional Graduate School offices, including one for the new Graduate School dean, Dr. Stephen Johnson (’90). That project is scheduled for completion in October.
In the Campus Center, crews are renovating the north entrance as part of a project to install an elevator for easier access to the lower level. Along with making the north entry plaza and stairs more unified aesthetically with the surrounding landscaping, crews will shore up the walkway, which had begun to sink after decades of use. The north entrance is scheduled to be open by this Friday, Aug. 16, while Campus Center work is expected to be done in October.
Likewise, Phase 1 of the Vision in Action science component – the renovation of Bennett Gymnasium into laboratories for the Department of Engineering and Physics – is expected to wrap up in October, with classes beginning there in January.