Update on Reynolds Journalism Institute Construction

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago Friday, February 23 2007 Feb 23, 2007 Friday, February 23, 2007 10:03:12 AM CST February 23, 2007 in News

It isn't ready yet because the 115 year-old building isn't taking well to the upgrades, namely changing the structure from three floors to four.

"In the future, there's going to be a lot of thought process before we change the floors out," said Dave Bowman, MU Construction Manager.

Workers say they discovered crumbling bricks and unsteady walls after construction began.

"We hoped to have moved in this summer, but we'll move in next April," said Roger Gafke, Reynolds Institute Director of Development.

One of the reasons that this project is behind is that workers had to drill 55,000 little holes to reinforce the wall structure. Inside each of those holes, workers squirt liquid concrete. It's a very tedious process Bowman says he couldn't have planned for.

"I don't think the design process, the execution of what we ended up with would have changed," said Bowman.

The Reynolds Institute has agreed to pay for the construction delays.

"The ultimate thing here is that it's going to be a wonderful place. It's going to last a long, long time. And so...hey, be at peace," said Gafke.

That peace will come to the quad in September 2008, ten months later than the rest of the MU community expected. Half of MU's quadrangle will remain closed due to the construction, but workers say it won't be hard to re-sod the area.

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