BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – The demolition of the Garrett Conference Center at Western Kentucky University has officially started.
The facility was built in 1951 and served as a social gathering place for students between classes.
It provided a convenient space for students who wanted to eat, study or have a cup of coffee at the top of the hill.
On Thursday, workers were using a demolition vehicle to tear up the building’s exterior frame.
The demolition project involves the complete demolition of the building, including the underground piping and footings / foundations.
Jace Lux, WKU’s new director of social media relations, understands the attachment many students have to the structure.
“For many students, the Garret Conference Center was a great place to grab a bite to eat while they were at the top of the hill. I know a lot of people have fond memories of it, ”Jace says. “It’s always sweet and bitter to see a building like this collapse, but it will also make the top of the campus much more beautiful for visitors.”
From now on, the demolition of the building will be converted into green spaces and pedestrian walkways in order to make the campus more accessible and facilitate movement for visitors and students.
The change is supposed to bring more aesthetic appeal with the aggregation of more nature-friendly features.
Additional renovations to the commons will bring more permanent establishments, additional study space, and more.
It should serve as a central gathering area for students, visitors and faculty at the top of the hill to increase collaborations, class discussions, and easier access to food.
“The plan is also for local restaurants to rotate in order to give everyone on campus a taste of foods that are unique to Bowling Green,” Jace explains.
The site restoration will be completed in several phases and is expected to be completed by the 2022 school year.
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