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• I stopped by the newly redone Wescoe Beach space Thursday and snapped a quick photo before the students completely overrun the space next week.
You can see the new benches and LED light poles that have been installed. Some trees are coming soon, I believe, to add some green to the sea of concrete.
You might recall the old space had large planters, but this adds more seating and light fixtures, too.
The University Daily Kansan reported in its big back-to-school issue that 10 electrical outlets are on the way, too, for students to charge phones, computers and the variety of other electronic gizmos they routinely haul around campus. The project cost $250,000, and was paid for using Student Senate funds, funds from the provost’s and chancellor’s office and money from KU’s Campus Safety Advisory Board.
• There are all kinds of spiffy new research spaces in the M2SEC Building on KU’s engineering campus (look for a story later), but I want to report that I did hear back on the question I posited yesterday about the reactor in Burt Hall, which is on the far western edge of the engineering campus at KU.
I’d heard that construction would be going around the old reactor space, and indeed it will.
The reactor itself is long gone (I’m not sure I made that quite clear in yesterday’s post), but the space in which it was housed — the big concrete part of Burt Hall that’s closest to the roadway — will remain standing.
The rest of Burt Hall will be torn down to accommodate the next major building for the School of Engineering.
As for the reactor, it was completely dismantled, decommissioned and removed, and the license with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission terminated in October 1993, says Michael Lemon, radiation safety officer for KU, though he did mention that Kansas State and Missouri both have active reactors today. KSU’s is used for research and Missouri’s is used for isotope production.
The space will be used for cooling the new building that will eventually occupy the space where the rest of Burt Hall is now.
• I spotted a good list of upcoming events at KU’s Natural History Museum, along with a notice that the museum would be extending its hours on Thursdays, when the museum will be open until 8 p.m.
I’ll let the museum events speak for themselves, but I will note the first of them (a behind-the-scenes herpetology tour) is set from 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 26 in Dyche Hall, and pre-registration is required (along with a suggested contribution).
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