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Friday

February 8, 2008
10:23 am

Campus construction update: Week of Feb. 4

With the official opening just weeks away, the new dining Commons passed a milestone early on Feb. 7: the arrival of its first truckload of food.

Tuesday

January 22, 2008
3:44 pm

Campus construction update: Week of Jan. 21

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

Campus construction update: Week of Jan. 7

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.

Friday

September 28, 2007
2:11 pm

Campus construction update: Week of Sept. 24

An afternoon thunderstorm on Sept. 27 occasioned an Alumni Walk first: emergency vehicles entering in response to a campus alarm. Although there was no fire, lightning caused a power surge in the fire detection system, frying a computer chip and setting off an alarm in Hathorn Hall.

Friday

September 14, 2007
3:58 pm

Campus construction update: Week of Sept. 10

Paul Farnsworth, manager of the new dining Commons and Alumni Walk projects, reported that 140,000 flower bulbs were shipped our way from California on Sept. 11. The bulbs are scillas, which bloom around the same time as crocuses.

Saturday

March 3, 2007
9:30 am

Campus construction update: Dining Commons opens

About 1,000 Bates people put the new dining Commons to the test over dinner on Monday, Feb. 25, Dining Services director Christine Schwartz estimated the following day.

Tuesday

October 10, 2006
9:40 am

Groundbreaking ceremony for new $30 million dining Commons

Bates symbolically broke ground Oct. 7 during Parents & Family Weekend for a new dining Commons scheduled to open in January 2008. The new Commons will occupy space between Garcelon Field and Alumni Gym, bordering Central Avenue.