UPDATED: WKU Closes Campus Building for Renovations

By Melissa Warren, Associated Press | 

UPDATED 10:05PM (WBKO) -- Faculty and administrators gathered to say goodbye to one of WKU's classroom buildings today.

The Thompson Complex North Wing will close Friday in preparation for renovations to thompson's central wing. President Ransdell and the dean of the Ogden College of Science and Engineering along with faculty shared some memories of the building before they spoke about the future of the complex.

"Hopefully that space, if it's approved in the budget, will be renovated in the next two years, and we'll have some nice state of the art space can use. In the meantime, we're making due with the space that we have," said WKU's Ogden College of Science and Engineering Dean Cheryl Stevens.

Offices and classes that were in the north wing, have been moved to the central wing for now, and the building will eventually be razed, as part of the central wing renovations.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Western Kentucky University is planning a reception to celebrate the history of one of its campus buildings that is being closed.

The 4 p.m. reception in the Thompson Complex's North Wing on Thursday will include appearances by President Gary Ransdell and Ogden College Dean Cheryl Stevens.

The building will be permanently closed on Friday and eventually razed as part of an expansion of the Thompson Complex Center Wing.

The university announced last year that it was closing the north wing because of failing ventilation systems. The north wing opened in 1960 and had most recently housed the biology department and some chemistry offices

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