By Kyle Beam
As Sara talked about in the last blog entry, working in a group is hard to do because it is so difficult to find a time to meet together. This had been the problem for those of us working with the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative. We could never get a time scheduled to tour the facility and see everything that had been done with the construction. But last week, we were finally able to meet and tour what is about to become the BRIC.
While we were at the BRIC, we were able to see the things we had heard about throughout meetings. As we were walking towards the building, we immediately saw the progress being made on the exterior of the building. It is almost completed and the glass around the atrium area is nearly all in place. The only thing left outside is the landscaping.
From there, we went inside and looked at the work being done on the interior of the building. We saw the new walls that are being put up and the new stairwells and elevator shafts that have been added since construction began. On the third floor, we saw a glimpse of the upcoming layout for the space science center and where the BRIC will house a mission control facility and the lab of Dr. Marvin Scully. The most impressive feature of the BRIC was on the second floor atrium area where you walk into a big open room that has glass enclosures on two sides, and you can see Baylor and downtown Waco off in the distance.
The construction at the BRIC is scheduled to go on for another couple of years, but people will be moving into the BRIC in January of 2013 so there are exciting things ahead for the project.
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