By Tim Summers | The Daily Mississippian
Ole Miss law students will have to wait an additional semester to move into the Robert C. Khayat Law Center, as construction has been delayed by inclement weather.
Sixty-nine days have been lost during the construction process. Although the center was scheduled to open this fall, the opening will be set back to Spring 2011.
Outlined in the contractual agreement are certain conditions under which the builders are not required to work, and the last few weeks has been rife with qualifying days.
Dean Samuel M. Davis said in a university press release that despite this qualification, construction has not come to a halt.
Before the building can be considered “in the dry,” Davis said, there are windows that must be installed. The roof, however, is complete and the contractors have begun the interior projects.
“The exterior form of the new building is now a clear landmark to those entering campus from the west along Coliseum Drive,” Davis said.
A new completion date for the project has been set for October 2010. At that point, the new facility will have to pass tests before the law school can open for students.
Comparing it to a ship passing sea-worthiness tests, Davis said the tests will confirm what he believes to be a superior facility.
“The design and construction team remains committed to the highest-quality work,” he said. “When it is complete, the building will make a lasting and major contribution to the Ole Miss campus, both architecturally and academically.”
Staff and faculty plan to move in to their new facility during November and December 2010.