January 13th, 2000
The main entrance to Wise Library on WVU™s downtown campus closedpermanently beginning at 7 a.m. Monday so workers can begin disman-tling a steam tunnel beneath the sidewalk, a project official said.Library staff and patrons must now enter the building through a sideentrance facing the Chemistry Research Building, said Ruth Nellis, coordi-nator of WVU™s library construction projects. The book drop-off at themain entrance will be moved to an area beneath the Research Buildingoverhang, opposite the new library entrance. The sidewalk in front ofWise Lbrary will remain open for two-three more weeks.”We wanted to have the entry changed prior to students getting back tocampus,” Nellis said. “We wanted to have the site logistics the samethroughout the spring semester rather than make changes in the middle ofthe semester.”The steam tunnel demolition is required before workers can begin con-structing a 124,000-square-foot addition to the library. The addition is partof a $33 million construction project that also includes renovations to theexisting facility and consolidation of library facilities in Colson Hall andthe Chemistry Research Building.