Stories about "Sustainability"
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 3:44 pm
In recent weeks we've learned what Dining Services director Christine Schwartz likes about the new dining Commons. Now it's the turn of Paul Farnsworth, Bates' project manager for the building. A mechanical engineer, Farnsworth especially appreciates the ventilation scheme. There's no building-wide air conditioning per se. Instead, it's essentially a natural system, he explained: the high-peaked main dining hall and an adjacent airshaft will create a chimney effect to pull fresh air in through windows that can actually be opened — an unusual feature these days in large new buildings.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008 2:13 pm
A student serving on a food advisory committee once told Christine Schwartz, Dining Services' director, that anticipating a meal at the current Memorial Commons is like getting psyched up for battle. "You pretty much have to fight your way through Commons now" because of the way the space is arranged, Schwartz said. New arrivals at mealtime, still burdened with coats and backpacks, immediately find themselves in a confusion of food stations and fellow diners pressing in all directions. All that will change when the new Commons opens in February.
Sunday, December 23, 2007 11:37 am
Creating a Sustainable Bates begins with taking stock of the College’s green...
Friday, December 14, 2007 11:05 am
If the schedule holds, in about 10 weeks Dining Services will serve the first meals in the new Commons. "It's going to be a fabulous facility," Dining Services director Christine Schwartz told Campus Construction Update during a conversation about the transition from old to new.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 12:06 pm
Usually closed on Sundays, the Bates College Museum of Art will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 9 to provide visitors with one last chance to experience "Green Horizons," a landmark exhibition exploring the concept of environmental sustainability.
Friday, November 30, 2007 12:34 pm
Just a few months ago, new construction projects at Bates were transforming a swath of campus that extended from Mount David to Merrill Gym. Now, like a Hollywood crane shot where the camera swoops down from lofty to intimate, the focus of construction at Bates is closing in on the interior of the new dining Commons.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 9:23 am
Karen Adrienne, a printmaker and member of the art faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta, visits Bates College to give a talk titled "Impermanent Art and Sustainable Community" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Room 105 of the Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 10:34 am
"Driving a Prius is . . . a little bit of an adjustment." But once she's past the unfamiliarity of operating the hybrid, a Bates student finds new freedom through Bates' Zipcar program.
Thursday, October 25, 2007 10:48 am
The project isn't inspiring like Alumni Walk, magnificent like the new dining Commons or heartwarming like the new student housing. But a new parking lot behind Merrill Gymnasium that should open around Thanksgiving will come in handy, easing the squeeze that Bates motorists have felt the past six months.
Thursday, October 25, 2007 9:45 am
The new dining Commons should be open for business when students return from break on Feb. 25, project manager Paul Farnsworth reported. And it's hoped that construction work will be complete about a month prior to the opening.