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25 years ago: Summer construction at KU includes new science library

July 18, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 18, 1988:

Dry weather had helped speed along summer construction at Kansas University. Work was proceeding on schedule on the $13.9 million science library on the slope between Hoch Auditorium and the Military Science Building. R. D. Andersen Construction Co. of Topeka had started work on the 500,000-volume library in 1987; the building was scheduled to be ready in fall 1989 in spite of a January fire that had caused about $10,000 damage and had required the rebuilding of some concrete forms. Site preparation on the $12 million Robert Dole Human Development Center was slated to begin soon. The four-story building east of Haworth Hall was designed to bring together the departments of human development and family life, special education, speech-language-hearing, radio-television-film, the Institute for Life Span Studies, the Bureau of Child Research, and the Gerontology Center. The facility was expected to be ready in fall 1990. To help ease parking woes on campus, construction was due to start this fall on a $5.4 million multilevel parking facility north of Allen Fieldhouse. Construction bids for the 775-stall garage were to be opened this week in Topeka. On the other side of campus, the initial phase of renovations on the Kansas Union had begun 18 months previously. The $6.5 million project was scheduled to wrap up in January 1989. Other KU projects included a $7.2 million facelift on Snow Hall and the replacement of the exterior wall on the north side of Summerfield Hall. On west campus, the $12 million Lied Center for the performing arts was still in the planning stages.

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