The big current project on campus is a joint venture between WSU, CP Rail, and MnDOT to construct Pedestrian Tunnels under the railroad tracks at Johnson and Winona Streets.
Construction work continues with a goal of having the primary work completed by mid-summer 2017. Security cameras, lighting and landscaping will follow after the concrete work is completed. The tunnels will not be open and accessible until all phases of the project are complete.
Learn more and view the live construction cam on the project page.
IWC Landscape & Brooke Baures Memorial Garden
The IWC landscape project features the Brooke Baures Memorial Garden situated by the NW entrance to the IWC. Brooke’s family and friends have contributed donations to create a special garden space in remembrance of Brooke Baures, a WSU student and gymnast. Brooke’s memorial garden includes a decorative paver walkway and plaza areas surrounded by custom stone benches and ornamental trees, shrubs and perennial flowers and grasses. The benches will use local cut limestone and outcrop boulders from Biesanz Stone. Winona Nursery will construct the garden plaza spaces and supply and install the native perennials and trees for the landscape.
Restoration of the stormwater infiltration basins is an important part of the IWC landscape to collect stormwater from the IWC building roof and surrounding site. This is part of a larger effort by WSU to incorporate best management practices to help alleviate flooding on campus and to create environmentally sustainable landscapes. The plant palette will complement the existing native garden at IWC and will have the added benefit of providing a pollinator garden for native bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
A plaza area will be added at the SW entrance. The plaza and updated landscape plantings will complete the original IWC landscape intended to create an outdoor gathering and classroom area. The existing tiered steps will lead down to a lower plaza area beneath the shade of the adjacent mature shade trees.
Schedule: The landscape project was scheduled to start the week of September 19th with substantial completion by mid-summer 2017.