108 The History of Wake Forest
Department had in Salem Hall. The first-floor lecture hall was named in honor of
Professor George P. “Jack” Williams, longtime department chair.
In addition to Olin, a new soccer stadium was finished in November 1989.
It would eventually be called Kentner Stadium and was used as both a soccer field
and a football practice field. It had a 3,500-seat bleacher section and artificial turf.
Plans for more buildings—many more—were under way. Just a few hundred
yards from Olin, the $13.5 million Benson University Center was going up fast.
The “topping out” ceremony, traditionally held when the highest beam is secured in
place, occurred July 31, right before the start of the school year, and occupation of the
100,000 square-foot student center was scheduled for August 1990.
Between Olin and Benson, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library was scheduled for a
$7 million expansion that included a 54,000 square-foot addition along with renova-
tion of its front façade and new landscaping. At Commencement on May 21, Presi-
dent Hearn announced that the new wing would be completed by August 1991 and
named after Edwin Graves Wilson. This popular decision caught Provost Wilson
completely off guard.
Winston Hall, home to the Biology and Psychology Departments, was scheduled
for a 24,000 square foot expansion by fall semester of 1990. Salem Hall would also be
renovated to better accommodate the Department of Chemistry, with a completion
date set for the summer of 1991. On March 15, however, Salem Hall had to be pad-
locked when physical plant workers were exposed to asbestos in a ground-floor ceil-
ing. Chemistry classes were temporarily moved, and the building was not reopened
until May after asbestos abatement.
Spring 1990 saw the ground-breaking for a Professional Center for Law and
Management, a 175,000 square foot
project with an estimated cost of $26.5
million. Completion was scheduled for
spring of 1992. It would become the larg-
est building on campus and was designed
by Cesar Pelli and Associates, winners of
the American Institute of Architects’ 1989
Architectural Firm Award. Distinct wings
for each school were drawn in the plans,
along with shared space, including a four-
level library. Some in the campus commu-
nity called it “The Palace.” Regardless, it
was beautifully designed.
In addition, a multiyear plan was
drafted with the goal of making the Univer-
sity’s landscape one of the prettiest and most
efficient in the country. John Anderson
worked with the professionals in Build-
ings and Grounds, especially Jim Coffey, to
devise this plan, and President Hearn took
it “on the road” when he visited alumni
clubs. His enthusiasm was high.