The Geological Sciences Building has an interesting history, the recent renovation being the latest chapter. In keeping with tradition, it was an interesting chapter, one that we’re still finalizing as we continue the process of putting our spaces back together.
I think it is important to remember the original scope of the renovation was a mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure upgrade only. That being said, many parties inside and outside of IU worked tirelessly to exceed that scope. We also must recognize our own personnel who put in an extreme amount of effort – and patience.
I do not think it is unreasonable to say the building’s original systems were less than ideal. Our new systems are an incredible improvement. Moreover, the systems and certain updated features give us flexibility moving into the future. I’m confident that the building will be an incredible resource for us to not only pursue our research and teaching missions, but also to be a better home away from home. This is a place where we can not only work but enjoy showcasing and celebrating the accomplishments of those in our community.
We also have the opportunity to share what we do with those visiting the building. It should not be underestimated how much more inviting and accommodating the building is now to students and visitors.
We were in this building for over 55 years before the moves and construction started. I’m confident that, thanks to the renovation project, the building will serve us incredibly well. I have always enjoyed and appreciated our culture of “getting by with what we have.” I am very thankful we now have better systems to serve our needs.
- John Hettle, Facilities Administrator