Kansas University officials hope the Malott Plaza and Memorial Garden will be completed by midsummer.
The wife of a former Kansas University chancellor, often noted for her contributions to the beauty of Mount Oread, will soon have her memory permanently affixed to the Malott Plaza and Memorial Garden.
The late Deane and Eleanor Malott both figured prominently in the post-World War II efforts to improve the KU landscape. During Malott's tenure as KU's eighth chancellor, a number of oak trees and hundreds of crabapple trees took root on campus.
KU lore depicts the Malotts planting and watering the trees themselves.
``We're saving all the trees,'' said Greg Wade, landscape architect in the KU Office of Design & Construction Management and the Malott project manager.
Malott Plaza will be situated in the space connecting Wescoe Hall, Malott Hall -- named for Deane Malott -- and the Anschutz Science Library.
The original design renderings were produced several years ago by Lawrence-based architectural firm Craig Patterson & Associates.
The collective $267,000 contract, involving a number of companies, was awarded in February. Work on the site began the last week of March.
``Of course the weather has slowed us down this week,'' Wade said.
The design calls for a paved plaza with benches and an Eleanor Malott commemorative plaque. Below the plaza, a garden will be planted.
By August, students should have an off-the-beaten-path spot for resting, reading or eating.
Tom Waechter, planning coordinator with KU's Office of Design & Construction Management, said that the plaza was one of several areas being examined for improvements to pedestrian routes on the south side of campus.
``We would hope to see some additional connections made to the new plaza down the hill, further down to the south, over time,'' Waechter said.
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