Posts by Doug Hubley
It’s been fascinating, if unsettling, to watch the reduction of Hedge and Roger Williams halls during these first months of their renovations. The buildings have been stripped down to windowless, featureless, gutted shells more reminiscent of a war zone than a comfy college. But now the reducing is done and from here on in, it’s pure gain
Hedge and Roger Williams halls have stopped shrinking and will soon start to grow. And just how green is the Garcelon Field project?
How “green,” speaking environmentally and not chromatically, will the renovated Garcelon Field be? The answer’s mixed. Unlike the old grass field, the new FieldTurf playing surface will neither support wildlife nor inhale carbon dioxide. But in other ways an artificial field has significant environmental advantages over grass.
Attending Reunion? Don’t miss the groundbreaking ceremony for the Garcelon Field renovation at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at the field. And an hour earlier, you’ll have the chance to learn more about the Hedge-Roger Williams renovations.
At Hedge Hall these days, what’s up is down — in the basement. And you’ll get a lift out of it.
Even forewarned, it was shocking to arrive at work on June 3 to find the Garcelon Field grandstand succumbing to the force of machines.
This revised preview of summer 2010 public events at Bates College replaces the May 27 posting. Except as noted, events in the following listing are open to the public at no charge.
“I saw this headline,” renowned television journalist Jane Pauley told the 455 members of the Bates College class of 2010: ” ‘Inspiration is everywhere, but you have to be looking.’ May you find inspiration everywhere you look.” Pauley was one of five honorary degree recipients at the College’s 144th commencement ceremony.
Here we’d been thinking that it would be fun to gut a building. But not for the nail-pulling guy.
These days, the renovation of Hedge and Roger Williams halls seems to be all about the concrete — taking it out and putting it in.