June 27, 2014, marked the end of an era with the completion of the demolition of the Washington Court Apartments. Initially constructed with nine buildings — three, three-building clusters each built in a "U"-shaped footprint — the apartments first opened for occupancy as family apartments in 1957.
Entrances faced the interior courtyard with a vestibule stairway that led up to the second floor units.
Buildings were designated with letters H-J-K, L-M-N and O-P-Q from east to west, and followed the sequence of Preston Court Apartments, A-B-C-D in 1954 (demolished in 1995) and E-F-G in 1956 (demolished in 1999).
In 1962, CMU added two more buildings, designated as HH and NN, which closed in two of the clusters and formed a quad footprint. In 1966, the last building, R, was added to the O-P-Q buildings and formed the last "quad."
The historical sequence of events include the years of:
- 2007, when buildings L-M-N-NN were demolished to make room for the Education and Human Services Building;
- 2009, when O-P-Q-R were demolished to make room for Lot 56; and
- 2014, when H-J-K-HH were demolished to make room for the Biosciences Building.
A $95 million building and the largest capital project ever in CMU's 120-plus year history, the Biosciences Building will address the escalating student demand and need for flexible, state-of-the-art research and learning spaces that will house the laboratories, instruments and teaching facilities essential for modern bioscience programs. Construction on the 169,000-square-foot building will be completed in September 2016.
Strides continue to be made in CMU's many other summer construction projects, including:
Dow Active-Learning Classrooms — improved teaching and learning facilities where faculty serve as coaches while students spend class time problem solving.
- Final work is being completed and site inspections are scheduled for next week.
East Utility Loop upgrade — a new utility loop that is being added to the university's steam and condensate system to improve its reliability and meet current and future capacity demands.
Moore Hall upgrades and Grawn Hall Bloomberg Terminal — a variety of lighting, flooring and ceiling work is ongoing.
- By July 11, all direct buried steam and condensate piping will be installed, pressure tested and inspected.