What is up with the Quad, you ask?

An intrepid Daily Deac-er emailed me yesterday to ask what is going on with the Quad. Intrepid parent said they had been looking at the Quad Cam and wondered why the Quad grass was gone.  My excellent colleague Ken Bennett, our university photographer extraordinaire, headed up to the Quad this morning to bring you the view. Here is what you would see if you were on the Quad.

Renovations begin on Hearn Plaza as workers remove all the grass in preparation for drainage improvements and new grass, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Renovations begin on Hearn Plaza as workers remove all the grass in preparation for drainage improvements and new grass, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Renovations begin on Hearn Plaza as workers remove all the grass in preparation for drainage improvements and new grass, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Renovations begin on Hearn Plaza as workers remove all the grass in preparation for drainage improvements and new grass, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

 

What is happening is that they are doing some work on the lawn to improve drainage. This is what our Communications and External Relations team sent the campus community:

Starting June 5, crews will begin an extensive project on the center lawn of Hearn Plaza.

Crews will be busy removing all of the center lawn’s grass and taking numerous steps to improve drainage on the lawn.  By July 19, new grass will have been put down and all work will be complete, according to current plans.

The work is intended, in part, to eliminate rainwater buildup at numerous Hearn Plaza locations, including on sidewalks.

Admittedly, it is really jarring to see my beloved grass gone. The good news is that this work does not impact access to the Quad or its buildings, sidewalks remain open, and ultimately we will get our wonderful green carpet of grass back again.

Gold star of the day goes to Intrepid Daily Deac-er for keeping their eye on the Quad Cam!

 

— by Betsy Chapman ’92, MA ’94

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