I’ve been involved in a project for about two months that had me making regular trips to the Student Center. With the closure of the area in front of Old Red, it meant a bit of a detour through UHC and out the back of the hospital. Lots of us likely gained new familiarity with that alternate route. Personally, I didn’t complain. I welcome any opportunity to get away from my desk and get blood moving in my legs; it’s sorely needed exercise for me. (OK, so if I had to walk that route six or eight times a day as part of my job, I might feel differently about it.)
On my most recent trip, I was really pleasantly surprised at the dramatic change to the area in front of Old Red. It looks great; you can get a glimpse on a construction webcam The camera looks from Old Red across to the Keiller Building.
What’s it mean? It means they’re wrapping us this part of the project and getting ready to launch the next phase. That means different detours, this time affecting areas near the west entrance to Children’s Hospital. From iUTMB:
On Monday, Sept. 10, Facilities Operations and Maintenance (FOAM), will be reopening certain areas affected by the West Campus Landscape Project, and moving construction into some new locations. Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project have been completed, and some areas in the northern part of the construction zone will be accessible again. Construction in Phase 3 will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, and will entail the closing of an area extending from the 9th Street employee drop-off to the west entrance of Children’s Hospital. Get closure details
Just remember, no pain, no gain. We’re all going to really enjoy these new spaces when it’s all done.