The construction of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology in 2003 made the Bohannon Science Center obsolete on the John Carroll campus.
Over the past seven years, the University has considered many ideas for the use of the space that Bohannon currently occupies. Due to budget constraints and the cost of demolition, the administration has decided to simply replace it with an extra parking lot.
The demolition is set to take place some time within the next two years, but the Rev. Robert Niehoff has expressed his goal to have the location converted into the parking lot by the fall of 2011.
Although there are many factors to consider in this project, and the University has done their due-diligence, they should release a more specific timeline.
There are currently several logistical obstacles that are delaying the completion of the demolition of the building. Furthermore, the project itself will take approximately three to four months.
Since there are so many factors to consider, such an ambiguous timeline does not hold the University accountable to have this done by a specific date. It has been out of use for several years and has been almost entirely emptied. As it stands, the building is taking up valuable space that could be used for parking.
It is unfortunate that health, cost and other considerations have prevented the space from being used for other purposes. However, since it will definitively be used for parking, the administration should release a date of completion so that the University community can plan accordingly.
With the greening of the Hamlin Quad, there is a heightened concern for the parking on campus. If the students knew when more parking would become available, less complaints would be brought to the administration for the conversion of the quad, and students would feel more comfortable as a whole.
The lack of specifics about this project should be addressed in order to hold the University to their projected dates.