Tech, I would appreciate a little more of an opinion on the new construction design from a craftsman.
Its hard to say a lot on the little rendering that is provided for either of the residential halls. I think the individual rooms look great and are a vast improvement over the old quad style rooms. I think students won't mind living two years on campus if they are getting these types of rooms. Knowing the other amenities in the building would be helpful.
I can't tell for sure, but it looks like the Rodgers Replacement is a U-shaped building with the quad open to the west. (Looking at the construction camera) We'll need to see what happens with the Commons and how this space is eventually framed and how this fits into the rest of the campus plan.
Siting the building is the most important thing with college buildings and frankly... BG doesn't do a bang up job all the time. But those spaces between buildings are the active areas that create or break campus life. I think East Hall is horribly placed and maybe its presence is what "Rodgers" is struggling to resolve.
Umm... one issue I do have... looking at the Northcentral dorm.... its being built with metal studs and gypsum..... these buildings will not be around in 50 years with the abuse that they will take from students.... I'm just saying. But then again.... I'd probably being doing them the same since this is being done by a developer and not the U.
The Mac Dining Hall looks great. This is the type of building I would be doing on this site..... very Collage City. I like the idea of putting the "Dunkin' Donuts at the street and entry point to campus. I can see it serving not only the on-campus residential, but all students, faculty, and employees.... AND even the city of BG. I like how the building (glass area) opens into campus. Imagine sitting in that space on a cold winter morning feeling the warmth of the sun. And being protected by the brutal western sun for dinner. The additional and connection to the exterior spaces is great. This could be the sleeper project on campus..... while everyone is all a dither about the Wolfe Center
(the ugly shoe box shoved into the ground with large faceless shear walls of metal to greet the passing student with gun slot entrances barely presenting themselves to campus. But putting a big glassy entrance to...... a parking lot...... how effing surburban.... we should have just built a big box retailer on the site and been done with it.... temporary end of rant).
RUIT.... would you like more