I’ve often heard that politics is like making sausage – you don’t want to know what goes on behind the closed doors! I have a new appreciation for that mental image after being involved in the BIMS labs renovation this summer. Behind the closed doors of the construction area things are going on with little visible indication of progress being made…and we’re supposed to be in the labs in about three weeks. I think it is safe to say – we’ll be moving into the labs in September! Arghh!
Construction is a bit like a living organism – what you see on the surface belies all that must happen metabolically and genetically deep within. In construction, those underlying activities are plumbing and electrical and cabling and ductwork. Without the infrastructure, the surface appearance is meaningless – the unseen stuff is what makes the seen stuff work. All of us at McMurry and in Biomedical Science are eagerly awaiting the day when the chaos of construction transitions into the order of new spaces and we can move on to our purpose – teaching and research with bright students.
We are not waiting for completion of construction to begin readying ourselves for the fall semester. In the works are alternative educational activities until the labs are ready – simulations, field trips, etc. We also are busy ordering the equipment and supplies that will go into those spaces. So, when we get the go-ahead to occupy the labs there will be a flurry of activity transforming spaces into teaching and research labs. You are all invited to come visit and see for yourselves why great excitement fills the air on campus.