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Campus to see changes

This semester, the Campus Planning office is working on two projects that will change the face of the Carnegie Mellon campus.
First, Jonathan Borofsky’s sculpture “Walking to the Sky” will be installed on the Carnegie Mellon campus this spring. The sculpture will be positioned on the lawn between Baker and Doherty halls. The sculpture’s principal feature is a 100-foot-high, two-foot-wide steel pole, which rises at a 75-degree angle to the ground. Three life-size resin figures will be located around its base, with seven more mounted on the pole.
Borofsky studied at CMU (BFA) and the Yale School of Art (MFA). He has created over 30 pieces of public sculpture for cities all over the world. Borofsky first exhibited “Walking to the Sky” in New York City’s Rockefeller Center in 2004. Though some critics at the time commented that the sculpture was a reaction to the events of September 11, Borofsky has repeatedly said that the piece holds no political implications.
Ralph Horgan, vice-provost of campus design and facilities development, is in charge of the sculpture’s installation. “We understand that the area is used for orientation tents and sports practice,” Horgan said in response to concerns that the new sculpture would decrease usable space on the Cut. “The sculpture will not intrude physically into that space.”
Changes of another kind are slated for March. Four buildings on campus will be demolished in preparation for groundbreaking on the Gates Center later this year: the Old Student Center at 4902 Forbes Avenue, the campus printing and publications building, the Planetary Robotics building, and a set of garages between Newell-Simon and Hamburg Halls.
Horgan and other members of the Campus Planning office are in the process of relocating groups that filled the 40,000-square-foot Old Student Center. Staff groups have been relocated off campus, while most student and academic development groups have moved to the UC or Wean Hall.
In connection with the Gates Center project, campus police have moved to a new headquarters, the former Vision Services Building at 300 South Craig Street.
Some campus members feel this relocation will result in a less accessible police force. “Based on customer feedback to date ... our new location has not caused any problems or concerns,” said campus security chief Creig Doyle. Doyle went on to express his hope that as the semester goes on, campus security will report high levels of efficiency and accessibility.
Many academic groups have been moved to offices in the newly outfitted basement of the UC, near Andy’s. A PNC Bank office branch has also moved to the UC basement.
Before demolition can proceed on any of the four buildings, crews will survey them for asbestos abatement and relocate utility tunnels in the vicinity.
According to Horgan, the demolition of all four buildings should be complete by late March or early April, leaving developers seven months to prepare the site for construction on the Gates Center.