There’s that old adage that was a favorite of my buddies in high school: “No pain, no GAIN!” (invariably followed by a few grunts and a full-body flex). The same adage applies to the construction that’s been taking place on campus, taking place for so long that most of us have become accustomed to being rerouted and taking the “long way around” to just about anything. We’ve felt the pain; we’re ready for some gain. The good news from the construction folks is that University Plaza is starting to wrap up. The sidewalks and streets should be finished in August and the structure itself complete in September. (They’ve already opened the street on the southwest side of the Field House, and the east entrance to the hospital, the site of utility connection work for weeks, is now also open).
What I hear about the new parking garage is that it’s going to be split between patients and contract (employee) parking, at least until more clinical and patient facilities begin to go up around the plaza in the coming years. If you haven’t seen the plaza taking shape, cruise over to the Administration Building and take a peek from the Caduceus Room (on the sixth floor). It’s looking good.