Monday, August 25, 2008

Update: Arkansas Studies Institute

The Arkansas Studies Institute is starting to look more like a building and less like a twisted lump of dust and metal; there is even a wall where there used to be only a large gaping hole. The anticipation of moving into our new digs is growing (along with the dread of actually having to move our collections).

These photographs were all taken in early August by Kathryn Heller, the Butler Center's Programming and Outreach Coordinator. More has been done in the past couple of weeks; check out what is new with our live web camera.

Here you can see the Rock Street side of the building. The main entrance will be on the corner of Rock and President Clinton--right where you see the metal start to curve around.

This is the back corner of the building. Walk past that tree, drop down into the basement, and you will find yourself right on top of my desk. Although I don't suggest that because you will also find yourself facing a very angry archivist.

A view of the construction from above. This picture was taken in my current office--notice the difference between the view here and the possible view from the basement. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

The crane in action. That equipment is going down into the underground parking, not on top of the building as you might think.

Contributed by Stephanie Bayless, Manuscripts Department.


Anonymous,  November 7, 2008 at 1:07 PM  

The equipment going into the underground parking is a generator. $100,000 was wasted by CALS on the project because the Director insisted the Main Library generator would work. He was told it would not. Of course, he always knows best.

It is only tax payer money.

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