Campus Progress: Old Main
The Old Main project, which includes the installation of an elevator in the northwest corner of the building, is scheduled to be completed in fall 2005. At that time, the classics, philosophy, political science, and religion departments will move back in.
When asked if there were any special processes for remodeling a historic building, Krause Anderson Project Foreman Chuck Lentz equated it to heart surgery. He said, "Like a heart surgeon, we want to leave Old Main better than it was before."
Some “surprises” that have popped up during the renovation process have been rediscovering the box where the rope that rang the clock tower bell once hung, the arched doorways in the hallways on the second and third floors, and two large cisterns underground in the basement.