The Student Innovation Center is happening! By when? Not sure yet. However, tentatively, the demolition of the Nuclear Engineering Building (NucE) is scheduled for January of 2017 and construction is scheduled to begin August of 2017. This puts the estimated completion date around August of 2019.
With the demolition of NucE, Cyclone Space Mining will have to leave the building and move to the Reactor Warehouse, an interim location. This move will not happen this year, but the club is expected to be vacated from NucE during the Fall 2016 semester.
The Reactor Warehouse is located in North West Ames, which could be a potential problem for workdays. It is 3,601 sq. ft. and has heating, drains, restrooms, etc.
This year’s club leadership along with the leadership of other clubs who will be using the warehouse (PRISUM, SAE, Robotics Club, Concrete Canoe etc.) will be making a lot of decisions concerning the use of the warehouse. Issues like the division of space, resources, bussing, safety, hours of operation, and many other logistical problems. There is an opportunity to find a more efficient use of club space by sharing equipment.
After the initial tour of the Reactor Warehouse the following observations were made:
- The machine shop will take up a large portion of the space
- Power lines need to be routed into the space for the machinery
- Concrete Canoe and Cyclone Space Mining have dust needs that cannot be met in the main lab because dust does not go well with engines
- Parking is available in applied sciences or on the road
- Clubs using the space will share sponsorship for the new equipment and materials used in the Reactor Warehouse.
The upcoming changes will cause some initial disruption to club operations, however the move to the Reactor Warehouse allow the university build the Student Innovation Center which will create a more permanent and non-basement space for the club to operate in. The Reactor Warehouse will prove to be a good dry run for the new space.