A map highlighting the sidewalks north of Ablah Library and the Media Resources Center in red

Contractors will pour concrete for the Ablah Library terrace starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3. The pouring is expected to be done later that afternoon.

Trucks will access the site along the sidewalk on the north side of Ablah Library and the Media Resources Center (MRC), which will be closed during this time, and personnel will be on site to assist in clearing the sidewalks for truck traffic.

As the extent of the flood damage to the basement of Corbin Education Center has been further analyzed, it has become clear that the building will need to be closed to class and office use for a considerable period of time. Early estimates are that Corbin will not reopen until at least September.

Students: If you have classes in Corbin, please continue to check Blackboard and/or your email for updates. Your instructors will communicate how instruction will proceed for the remainder of the spring semester and where the class will meet. If you have questions, please reach out to your instructor.

Instructors: If you teach in Corbin, please watch your email for information on your reassigned temporary classroom space. Please update Blackboard for students as soon as you receive this information. Reach out to Eason Bryer (eason.bryer@wichita.edu) and/or Aaron Conyers (aaron.conyers@wichita.edu) to coordinate retrieval of items and packing of office contents. Reach out to cas.dean@wichita.edu with any questions.

Faculty and staff: If you work in Corbin, please watch your email for information on your reassigned workspace. Reach out to Eason Bryer (eason.bryer@wichita.edu) and/or Aaron Conyers (aaron.conyers@wichita.edu) to coordinate retrieval of items and packing of office contents. Reach out to cas.dean@wichita.edu with any questions.

A new web page is being set up to provide updates and frequently asked questions. Please check wichita.edu/corbin.

Please be assured that the integrity of this historic building, designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, has not been compromised. Flooding was limited to the basement mechanical room. However, the large amount of equipment damage has taken out the ability to run power, HVAC and IT services throughout the building. Replacing that equipment and fixing the flood damage will take many months.

Events planned for Corbin — such as the 60th anniversary celebration — will be postponed until fall 2024.

Everyone’s patience is appreciated as work is done to reopen Corbin Education Center as soon as possible.

WSU’s Corbin Education Center is temporarily out of service because of flooding caused by a chilled water line break in the basement, causing power, data and HVAC outages throughout the building. Normal operations and scheduled classes will likely not return until Wednesday, March 27 as facilities personnel work on the building.

Students: If you have classes in Corbin, please check Blackboard and/or your email for updates. Your instructors will communicate whether class will be held in another campus location or remotely until Corbin is back open. If you have questions, please reach out to your instructor.

Instructors: If you teach in Corbin, you will need to either request an alternative classroom location by contacting Michele August at michele.august@wichita.edu or move your classes to remote on Monday and Tuesday. You may need to continue with alternative plans for several more days. Please communicate via Blackboard any updates on course delivery so your students know how to access their classes. Though the power is off, the building is secure. You may enter the building to retrieve items you need for the next few days. If you have questions, please reach out to the dean’s office: cas.dean@wichita.edu.

Staff: If you work in Corbin, you will need to work remotely on Monday and Tuesday and may need to continue working remotely for several more days. Further information will be communicated. Though the power is off, the building is secure. You may enter the building to retrieve items you need for the next few days. If you have questions, please reach out to your supervisor.

All students, staff and faculty in Corbin should keep an eye on your WSU email and/or Blackboard for further updates.

We appreciate your patience as work is done to reopen Corbin Education Center as soon as possible.

The domestic water will be off at Woolsey Hall from approximately 7:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, March 15. During this time, there will be no water in the building.

As Clinton Hall continues to see rapid growth towards completion, Evergy intends to set the new transformer for the building, and there will be a scheduled outage for Clinton Hall and Neff Hall beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14.

The outage at Neff Hall will last the rest of the day and is not expected to impact any additional buildings, and power should be restored before start of business Friday, March 15.

There will be a noticeable amount of Evergy and Betzen traffic in the area north of the Rhatigan Student Center and west of Clinton Hall in the days leading up to the install.

The chilled water will be off for repairs for the following buildings: Duerksen Fine Arts Center, Weidemann Hall, Jardine Hall, McKinley Hall, Mcknight Art Center, Ulrich Museum, Wilner Auditorium and Henrion Hall.

The chilled water is anticipated to be back on no later than Friday, March 15 to Morrison Hall, with the remainder of the buildings back on no later than Friday, March 22.

Map of Ablah Library showing the construction, including the Ablah terrace repair fence, the Shocker Success Center fence, the site access route and the gate for allowing pedestrians into Ablah Library on the west side.

Construction will begin this week on the west side of Ablah Library to create a new stair and repair a portion of the concrete retaining wall. The new stair will strengthen the connection between the new northeast entry of the Shocker Success Center and Ablah Library.

As part of the construction, a temporary fence will be installed to contain the construction site. Construction is expected to be completed in June.

Corbin Education Center will have a scheduled electrical shutdown Tuesday, Dec. 19. The original date was Dec. 18, but due to unforeseen circumstances the date had to be changed.

The power will be off all day. Please prepare for this in advance. Those planning to “remote in” during the break may need to restart their computers Dec. 20.

For questions, contact Greg Thornwall at gregory.thornwall@wichita.edu or 316-978-7931 or Michael Basgall at michael.basgall@wichita.edu or 316-978-3444 with Facilities Services. 

Due to scheduled maintenance and repairs, Jabara Hall will be without water for the whole day on Friday, Dec. 8.

Photo of Lindquist Hall.

Lindquist Hall will be without water Saturday, March 18 for repairs. The water will shut off in the morning and is expected to be back by the end of the day.