Library undergoes construction
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 18:09
The library has been undergoing construction since a few weeks into the semester, but many people were unsure of what was going on.
The sixth floor, which has been incomplete since the early 90s, is scheduled to be completed within six months.
Many students are curious as to the reasons for the construction.
“I think they’re just installing windows,” said sophomore Benton Bajorek, a philosophy major of Little Rock.
Mr. Jeff Bailey, the Interim Dean of the Dean B. Ellis Library and Informational Services, said the sixth floor is going to be an office space only. Upon completion, the Offices of Research and Technical Transfer (ORTT), the Office of Sponsored Program Accounting and the Office of the Graduate School will be relocated to the sixth floor of the library.
The ORTT and the Office of Sponsored Program Accounting are both currently located in a wing of the Biosciences building. The Office of the Graduate School is located on the second floor of the library next to the 24-hour computer lab.
“The lab where (the ORTT and the Office of Sponsored Program Accounting) are located will become the lab for a new business accelerator called Catalyst Innovation Acceleration. Their offices will become office space for the businesses using this area,” said Dr. Andy Sustich.
Sustitch serves as the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology, the Interim Executive Director of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, and the Dean of the Graduate School office.
According to catalystinnovation.org, Catalyst Innovation Acceleration is “a business incubation program under the ASU Delta Center for Economic Development” and headed by Mr. Brian Rogers. It focuses on “helping early stage innovations and companies develop in order to reach commercial markets and create high quality, local job opportunities.”
The project is a collaborative effort between the ASU Research & Development Institute (RDI), the Northeast Arkansas Business Community, Arkansas State University, the Arkansas BioSciences Institute, the Delta Center for Economic Development, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.
By completing the sixth floor and moving the ORTT and the Office of Sponsored Program Accounting, Catalyst Innovation Acceleration will be able to provide a laboratory and offices for aspiring entrepreneurs to research and grow their aspiring small businesses.
As for the Office of the Graduate School, Sustich said that it will become a space to place all unsorted library acquisitions.
“At one point we were going to put the (unsorted) acquisitions on the sixth floor. But after you find out where they go, you would have to transport them back downstairs to the correct area which is just not practical. So, because the graduate school office is located on the second floor, it seemed more practical to move the graduate office and make that space be for acquisitions.”
During this renovation process an external elevator has also been built so that the building materials can be easily transported to the sixth floor, and students can remain as undisturbed as possible for the duration of the construction.
Though the changes will not have many direct affects on most students, there is one change has come about that will affect library users.
Previously, the fourth and fifth floor of the library were designated as quiet study floors. Now and until further notice, only the fourth floor will be a quiet study floor.
“With all the noise from construction…it’s simply impossible to keep the fifth floor quiet,” said Bailey, “because of that only the fourth floor will be a quiet study floor.”
The library administration expects no delays and believes all of the work will be completed within six months.