March 25, 2012

Letter to the Editor: Clarifying Statements on McGraw Funding

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Re: “New Humanities Building Debated as Cause of Delay to McGraw Hall Renovations” News, March 6

I am writing in response to your recent new article on McGraw Hall, March 6, to clarify statements about the funding for McGraw Hall renovations. From my vantage point in University Facilities, there are a myriad of “competing needs” on campus, and McGraw is one of them. However, as The Sun pointed out in its Oct. 21, 2011 article “Cornell to Build First New Humanities Building Since Goldwin Smith,” the new humanities building is being funded entirely by donations. Those donations were made for the sole purpose of the humanities project — it is not possible for the College of Arts and Sciences to redirect those funds to McGraw Hall. The University has spent $3 million dollars in the past couple years studying McGraw Hall, enhancing its structural components and replacing its roof. In a period of tight economic constraints, this alone speaks volumes about the University’s strong commitment to this wonderful gem of a building. I appreciate the chance to set the record straight.

Erik GrayZone Facilities ManagerDept. Of Maintenance Management