Haussler Hall is expected to be demolished next week to make way for a new quad.
“It should be any day now for demolition, we have been through the permit routine and have the demolition fence up and ready,” said Vice President for Business Affairs Gary Anna.
The new quad will be about one and a half times larger than a football field and will have initial landscaping done in time for the dedication of the new alumni center next fall.
“The area around the front of the Alumni Center will have the initial landscaping, sidewalks and lighting,” Anna said. “It won’t be completely done but you can ultimately see what will be there.”
Anna said the goal for the quad will be to connect alums to the past using campus history.
“We hope students will find this quad more appealing than any other space on campus,” Anna said.
Anna said he was excited about the new quad.
“We think downstream, when we have the rest of the plan, there will be features students will really like,” he said. “We still have more planning to do.”
Sophomore marketing major Kristin Sax said she is also excited for a new quad.
“It’ll be nice to have a second quad,” she said. “There will be more room to lay out, play Frisbee and just hang out with friends.”
Anna said the demolition of Haussler Hall originally began when they started building the Markin Center.
“It started when the pool was removed, and we cut the building off where the old pool was in Haussler,” he said. “That was really the beginning of the demolition. We really are just finishing what we started four years ago.”