I was doing a kid music thing and my 3 year old got restless, so we went for a walk. I caught my first look at the current state of Morris Library and realized that Wendler was fired too late. Was there a group circle jerk among Wendler and the architects to decide to waste so much money and destroy an SIU landmark (check the webcam of the project)?
For those of you out of the loop (as I was), the project has left the first floor intact, but the rest of the build is down to steel girders and nothing else. They have thrown away the entire outside look of the building and are redoing it as a modern building. If you hadn't been on campus for many years and couldn't follow the signs, you will no longer be able to find Morris Library.
Keeping the first floor open while you nuke the upper floors was really stupid. It would have been cheaper to build a new building for the library function and tear the whole building down, then what they have done. If you rip out every wall, every exterior surface, every floor, every shelf, every toilet and leave only the steel girders, do you still have the same building?
Deciding remove the brick facade of the building and replacing it with a new "exciting and modern" look, is a slap in the face of historical look of the campus and surely cost $5M to $10M extra. In 20 years, Morris Library will look like one of those buildings from the 1960's, very much out of date and of that time. Use Faner Hall as our worse case example of how bad things might get.
Now they are months late and millions and millions over budget. They are sucking the extra money out of the places that do the real work at the university, the teaching and research.
How can SIU continue to do such stupid things? Would you give these people your money to help build the next project?
What a shame.
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