OPINION | Construction congests campus but is ultimately worthwhile

Students should use patience while they navigate around the several construction projects on campus.

Photo by Rafael Porto

There are many construction sites around campus, and students should understand that these upgrades are necessary and beneficial.

These developing areas are a good sign that Butler is putting our tuition dollars to good use, especially after raising the tuition for students last year.

Many students, especially those who drive, have likely noticed the construction by Clowes Memorial Hall.

The exterior of the $15 million Schrott Center  project is nearly complete.

It is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2013 vice president for finance and administration Bruce Arick said.

Another project on campus nearing completion is the second phase of the Atherton Union renovation.

There will be a temporary wall standing in the dining hall until mid-September  Arick said.

A larger student population, coupled with this temporary wall, will increase congestion in the dining hall.

With the integration of the new unlimited meal plan system, the traffic should be less than expected because students have the ability to eat at more times throughout the day.

Another building students should expect having to find detours around is  Jordan Hall, which is undergoing renovations on its exterior.

The northeast entrance, currently barricaded by fencing and equipment, will be out of commission for most of the fall semester.

This is due to safety issues, Arick said.

Hinkle Fieldhouse has also become a labyrinth in the midst of its recent renovations.

Workers are tuck-pointing bricks and replacing windows, Arick said.

Many of the entrances are not accessible because of safety issues, and scaffolding has been built in front of or around the doors.

The maze of scaffolding and sequence of locked doors make it difficult to find a way into the building.

This is the first of a few phases of renovations to be done to Hinkle, and talks of making renovations to the interior of Hinkle are underway.

“There is a lot they want to improve but not take away from the nature of Hinkle,” Arick said .

Basketball purists can now relax.

Butler students tend to complain a lot, even about the smallest of things.

The slight hurdles of detours, blocked entrances and construction are no exception.

As students groan about the longer or colder walk in the winter months, they should just think about how great all the renovations will look.

Don’t throw a fit of rage.

Don’t complain about how a particular project inconveniences you.

Instead, consider how  all these renovations benefit every student in the long run.


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