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Sounds of Summer ’08, Jackhammers, Pile Drivers, and Truck Engines

(Photo: Jeff Watts)

University Architect Jerry Gager has worked at AU for 24 years, and never in his nearly two and half decades of service has he seen a summer quite like this one.

On campus these days it seems as if there are almost as many construction workers in hard hats as students wearing flip-flops.

Perhaps the most visible project is the work being done at the Mary Graydon Center (MGC). The rebuilding of the bridge is scheduled to be finished by Sept. 12, at which time the entrance to MGC from the main quad will be closed for completion. That project will create a new handicapped access ramp and covered area before the vestibule.

Work on the addition to the Kogod School of Business and the new School of International Service continues to roll along. The SIS building is scheduled to open in May 2010.

Students won’t have to wait that long for the new entrance at the Bender Library. It was completed earlier this month and is welcoming students through its doors right now.

“I can’t remember a summer with more projects going on, especially of the scale we have,” Gager said. “Everyone’s been great making accommodations for our needs and understanding our challenges.”

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All spruced up

It was out with the old desks and chairs and in with the new, as movers unloaded a tractor trailer full of classroom furniture, Aug. 16. The furniture—which took a full day to move—was distributed to five buildings across campus, including Ward, SIS, and McKinley.