Why is that fence still there?

They say that the twins ports area has only two sea­sons. Win­ter and con­struc­tion sea­son. The UWS Cam­pus is no excep­tion as they have under­taken a large campus-wide ren­o­va­tion project that is remov­ing a lot of the aged ele­ments of the cam­pus with new more mod­ern build­ings and ameni­ties to make stu­dent life a lit­tle eas­ier. How­ever, the prob­lem still remains for the time inbe­tween and some projects may take longer than oth­ers to com­plete due to the weather.

That is the case with McCaskill Hall located on the UW-Superior cam­pus and its recent demo­li­tion in order to make way for a new addi­tion to cam­pus. That demo­li­tion has to wait for warmer tem­per­a­tures to completed.

The issue itself is related to the Green­house located near the hall itself. That green­house con­tains sev­eral plants that are very sus­cep­ti­ble to cold and some that are required to exist in tem­per­a­tures above 60 degrees. Thus the project is at a forced stand­still and can­not move for­ward until after these sen­si­tive items are moved.

Dusty John­son of UW-Superior Facil­i­ties man­age­ment says that as soon they are able to remove the plants from the green­house then the demo­li­tion can be com­pleted to make way for the  even­tual move and removal of the pre­vi­ous greenhouse.

He says the move will be deter­mined by “when the frost clears out.” With the fluc­tu­a­tion of the recent week’s weather, that will be hard to deter­mine and it may be pushed back in accor­dance to the tem­per­a­tures in the com­ing weeks. That push may go as far back as mid march or even into April.

In addi­tion, the fenc­ing around the hall will be removed and a new path will be paved for stu­dents to walk eas­ier across a path that has already been paved through the stu­dents cut­ting around the fence to make their way to the build­ings on that side of the cam­pus such as the Yel­low jacket Union or Swen­son Hall.

With warmer tem­per­a­tures will comes the growth of both the sea­sonal flora and fauna and the growth of the UW-Superior cam­pus. But in the mean­time the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion will have to expe­ri­ence some grow­ing pains as they develop into their new campus.

Images cour­tesy of Nate Han­ni­nen — The Stinger
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