This was the first time for students to see the building, which is still under construction. Phase two is expected to open for the next school year, according to Director of the Physical Plant Matt Whitis.
“It’s a great moment. I’m excited for the students to take a look,” Professor and Interim Chair Joe Schroeder said. “They’re thinking about the future and thinking about this transitional moment in their education journey.”
Most students signed their names with today’s date, others with love notes and some dedicating it “in loving memory of Dr. Ken Johnson.”
Students signed exposed beams, which will be later covered up with drywall, in the main entry of the building, the hallway, and two beams in the physics lab.
“I chose to sign in the hallway because I don’t want to be in a classroom for the rest of my life,” senior Brennen Berry said.
In addition, students have signed exposed beams in both the Perry Center and Centennial Chapel.
“It’s a continuation from what we did from the last couple of projects,” Whitis said. “Students can come back 20 years from now and say, ‘Hey, I signed here…you can’t see it, but I signed it.'”