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Breaking Ground

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February 3, 2014
Breaking ground for the new journalism building

When we "broke ground" for the new journalism school's construction on February 3, we eschewed the cliché of hard hats, gold-painted shovels and a box of dirt. Since we are completely gutting the former Health Sciences building, we were tempted to put up a wall and smash it with sledgehammers, but we were dissuaded. How would that fit with the university's commitment to sustainability and the environment?

So we went virtual. Virtual is a reality these days. A video produced by student Casey Ksau contrasts the deteriorated reality of our future building with the architect's renderings of what it will become.

In our college, when we break ground, we want it to be new ground for addressing the tectonic shift of the digital media landscape. New foundations for exploring the way we communicate. New structures in which to build our new curriculum. And a new place on the horizon for our students and graduates.

 

When the contractor's security fencing and the construction zone signs went up around the building in late January, we quietly cheered this long-awaited step for the journalism school. We are now in the mobilization and demolition phase. That includes hazardous waste abatement to clean up the site. It wasn't pretty. (Weekly construction updates, video and photos, are on our new building website. Check it out arrow)

Our meticulously detailed timeline for construction runs on for seven pages. For this coming Friday, it says: "remove existing windows" and "demo wall for addition." At the bottom of page 7, it says: "Final completion. Fri 7/3/15."

I'll be first to admit, it's getting exciting to see this happening. And the enthusiasm must be catching. Provost Michael Amiridis has pledged to lead the parade from the Coliseum to the new building in August of 2015. You won't want to miss that.

Charles Bierbauer

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