Supporters of the ail- ing Campus Y build- ing received a dose of good news July 22 when the Board of Trustees agreed to desig- nate $1.3 million in state fimds for repairs. The total fimd-raising oal for renovation of the building is $4.3 million; so far, $2 million has been raised in private funds. The board approved using $1 million ofstate repair and renovations fimds and $300,000 of classroom support and central administration funds. Private funds still are needed to cover the remaining $1 million. In summer 2003, after heavy rains con- tributed to significant leaks in the roof, mold was discovered in the building's basement. The two upper floors are out ofcompliance with building codes and have not been usable for several years. The building was built in 1907 and originally was called the YMCA, when it
Campus Y Renovation Will Move Forward
., was affiliated with that
"With an older build-
ing, once it starts to decay,
it starts failing system by
system," said Paul Kapp,
campus historic preserva-
Construction work is set
to begin early next year
and includes plans for two
general-purpose classrooms, a faculty ]owlge
and an office for the executive director of
the arts. All electrical and mechanical systems
will be replaced as part of the building's
overhaul. The foundation will be water-
proofed to prevent further flood damage.
The trustees commissioned a report in
May to determine the best use of the facil-
ity in harmony with other student hubs,
such as the recently expanded Student
Union and the construction ofthe
Rarnshead Center on South Campus. They
determined that the facility should remain
to house classrooms and to serve faculty
and the Greek community, in addition to
housing student organizations.
The Campus Y has a long history of
student activism. The organization advo-
cated for civil rights and served as a
resource for Carolina's first African-Ameri-
can students. Later, students staged Vietnam
War protests from the Y Court. The build-
ing operated as an organizational base to
striking cafeteria workers in 1969.
"It's a place where students know they
can go to focus on any number of different
causes," said Richard "Stick"Williams ' 75,
chair of the trustees. "This is a building we
absolutely want to save."
The recent increase in support is a dra-
matic reversal for a building that faced
demolition in 1998.
"I really believe this renovation is going
to be tlus decade's Graham Memorial,"
Kapp said. "Under all the drop ceilings and
partitions, I know this is a real jewel of a
building. When the renovation is finished,
people are going to wonder why we didn't
do this 15 years ago."
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