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Construction to be Completed by End of Summer

Construction to be Completed by End of Summer

Renovations to the reading room on the fifth floor of the student center will be completed by the end of August, as planned, said Director of Campus Activities Complex Phillip J. Walsh. “Our plan is to have the reading room ready for the campus tour during fall orientation.”

Aside from the time consuming removal of trace amounts of asbestos from the roof, work has proceeded smoothly and will be completed within budget. The only unresolved matter is the possibility of ID-activated lockers for temporary storage, which has been shelved due to high cost. “It might also not be the best idea to locate storage space five stories up,” Walsh said.

The renovation plans have been repeatedly revised according to student input, especially from the advisory board, which includes student representatives from the Undergraduate Association, Graduate Student Council, Association of Student Activities, Independent Living Groups, Dormitory Council, Musical Theater Guild, and many more.

Furthermore, Walsh said that construction of the new 10-180 common area will be completed by the end of July. Most of the installation process has been completed, and the CAC is now waiting for furniture to be manufactured and shipped, he said. “Since the original suggestions for furniture involved expensive, custom-made models, we’ve had to go back and rethink our choices and focus on durability and cost-efficiency,” explained Walsh.

The new common area was an initiative by the Chancellor’s office and funded solely by MIT. However, the class of 2005 will offer support and dedicate a plaque acknowledging their gratitude towards MIT, providing a boost to the project.

“We haven’t yet set a date for the official opening ceremonies of both these initiatives, but will do so soon,” said Phil Walsh.

— Harsha Wasalathanthri