By Jill Radwin
According to Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies and Special Programs Douglass Klein, the Wold Center for Science & Engineering is on schedule to be completed in January, 2011. He explains that the project is not behind, but rather right on schedule with their plans. Although the completion date was originally published as December 2010, Dean Klein responds, “We never planned to be done in December. That was kind of an ambitious statement.”
The builders are currently working on the sidewalks near the Center so that they have those completed before the winter. A three-month ‘look ahead’ is posted on the Union website, which outlines the entire weekly projects for the months ahead, as well as a start and end date for each. The site also includes links to videos posted on YouTube demonstrating month-by-month progress, compressed into one to two minute ‘time lapse’ clips.
Based on the look ahead plans, Klein anticipates that professors will be able to move into the building in late February. This move is contingent upon the approval of a Certificate of Occupancy, which ensures that the building meets New York State’s building codes and laws. To follow will be the final assembly of the research labs, which will be completed over spring break.
The inside of the Center will be accessible by May with a dedication event scheduled for May 21. At the dedication, the building will be officially named for Peter Irving Wold for the generous donation of his son John Wold ‘38 and John’s wife Jane.
Along with the dedication of the Center, the school will dedicate a time capsule, which is in the process of being designed and constructed by a committee of students and faculty members involved in a variety of disciplines on campus.
Professor of English Anastasia Pease organizes and chairs the Time Capsule Committee. She was inspired to begin the project after teaching the Sophomore Research Seminar “Time, Changer of Seasons.”
The capsule, which will be stored in the Wold Center, is to have two chambers. One is to be opened in 50 years and the other is to be opened in 100 years. Walter Chin ‘12, a Mechanical Engineering major, is the main designer of the capsule. His plan is to design an airtight structure to be filled with inert gas to protect the contents. The committee designed an online survey for feedback about which contents should be included. The most popular items were photographs of campus life, a scrapbook, a set of short documentaries, and general information about Union clubs and organizations.
Professor Pease also hopes to include letters from students and faculty to their ‘future selves,’ which they can come back to read in 2062. Those interested in contributing to the project should contact Professor Pease for more information or email applicable photographs to UnionTimeCapsule@gmail.com.