Little River Canyon
Growing Like a Weed
|JSU faculty takes time to
inspect LRC Center after leading the Canyon Hike in perfect Saturday weather. (From left to right: Doug
Clark (Art), Eryn Oft (Music), Raina Kostova (English), Kelly Gregg (Geography), Jonathan Herbert(Geography)
and Teje Sult (Technology).
NATIONAL PRESERVE—Finally, last
week, it rained in Northeast Alabama
and coincidentally, plants weren’t the only thing that started to grow. Just
after the recent precipitation JSU’s Little River Canyon Center has sprouted up
like a weed.
During the week of September 10th, the building’s
East Wing was poured, a 30 foot atrium was assembled using a heavy timber-frame
construction, and the wall-studs for JSU offices, public restrooms, the library,
auditorium and three classrooms were all assembled.
“Beautiful views are now framed-out by the early stages of
windows, doors and hallways” said project director Pete Conroy, “and while only
a fraction of the work has been completed, the project has come to life in a
really dramatic and delightful way”.
Construction for the 25,000 square foot, Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project began on July 11th
and if the current level of progress is maintained, it will be opened to the public
in January of 2009. Office spaces for the National Park Service , a gift shop, and full-scale museum are slated
for floors and walls in late September.
“This place is huge,” said Head of the Biology Department
Dr. Frank Romano “and we’ll have plenty of space for school groups, university
classes, visitors and meetings.”
“J.S.U. will have the potential to operate the best
environmental education center in the Southeast.” said Dr.
Kelly Gregg “The Art and Music Faculty are looking
forward to offering classes, workshops and concerts.”
For more information
about construction or financial donations to the LRC
Center, please contact Pete Conroy,
Director of JSU’s EPIC and Field
for news releases by using the request form at www.jsu.edu/newswire/request.