An offer to provide a brief history of a newly renovated building on campus provided the perfect invitation to do a little visual comparisons. The newly renovated building started life as a post office and now houses IT staff.
Students traditionally filed over at 11am to pick up their mail. The 1958 post office boasted air conditioning – with a unit visible in the upper left. To get in all the boxes for students and towns people, narrow halls were necessary.
No narrow halls now. Instead the floor plan offers flexible spaces, brighter colors and we hope better air conditioning. Coming back, it made sense to check out changes in the library.
Opened in 1974, the library featured display cases and shelves of books and magazines as well as study tables.
In 2017, the library still has magazines but they share space with dvds. There are fewer book shelves and more computers.
Students could chose between a balcony overlook or getting closer to the windows. President’s portraits overlooked the students.
Newer furniture — some of it on wheels. White boards and new art on the walls compete with the views and computer cords drape across it all.
The view out this window has changed with the new Wall Academic Center.
Instead of a spread of dogwood trees and a circle of benches, students now have an urban-vibe terrace between the wings of the Wall Center.
The view from the front of the library changed as well. Richardson plaza has art while the landscaping by large planters has given way to open spaces.
The new building has special features including a “green” wall with living plants but in some ways, even with new technology, science labs look like science labs.
The new building did have a major change reflecting student choices. Students aren’t drinking well water these days but they are carrying a variety of water bottles everywhere.
Finally, what about leisure time? — Couches are still popular and TV’s got bigger
–But table tennis and foosball are still nearby.