After the Cuban Missile Crisis at the end of October, 1962 the Rice administration wasted no time putting together a committee to attempt to figure out what to do if war, specifically nuclear war, broke out. They quickly did a study of the available options, made some changes to the physical plant and issued this notice to the entire Rice community within a month:
It’s curious to me that this produces a strong sense of anxiety even now, 55 years later. Aside from that, though, I’m most interested in the steam whistle at the Powerhouse. That had never occurred to me. Also in this folder was the answer to a minor mystery–I’d always wondered why the basement windows in the Mech Lab were bricked up. It’s not hard to think of all kinds of possibilities but it turns out that the engineering firm we hired to consult on this job recommended it, not because it would make some physical difference but for psychological reasons. It cost $250.
I’m very grateful we never had to do this.
Bonus: I’m reasonably certain that’s not the gym. The floor looks great, though.