Detroit, MI 48202
The Board of Governors and President Allan Gilmour request the pleasure of your presence at the reopening ceremony for the McGregor Memorial Conference Center Reflecting Pool and Sculpture Gardens.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Complimentary parking is available in Structure 1 at the corner of Cass and Palmer.
A reception will follow.
The campus jewel has lain dormant since the late ‘90s, when they were drained due to a damaged foundation. Last year, the university allocated $1.8 million to restore the pools to their former glory.
The restoration project included significant repairs to the concrete foundation, renovation of the plumbing and mechanics, and a new lighting scheme to enhance the drama of the pool at night.
The capital comes from donor gifts as well as campus enhancement and beautification funds. In addition, WSU alumna Carol Jonson created an endowed fund to help support the upkeep of the pool and the surrounding sculpture court.
Yamasaki, best known for designing the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, distinguished himself as one of the premier architects of the 20th century with his signature style — tall, narrow windows; gothic-inspired arches; and open ground-level areas.
Peace and tranquility — the central emotions Yamasaki intended for the reflecting pools — will be a running theme during the May 1 event.
-- From press release.