Archives for "Commons"
March 3, 2008 9:30 am
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.
February 13, 2008 12:40 pm
After nearly 17 months of construction, Bates College opens its new dining facility on Sunday, Feb. 24.
February 8, 2008 10:23 am
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.
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.
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.
September 28, 2007 2:11 pm
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.
September 14, 2007 3:58 pm
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.
March 29, 2007 12:00 am
The three-story scaffold staircase wobbled, the stair treads were small, and it was all exposed, so there was no question about how far away the ground was.
March 15, 2007 12:00 am
An interior tour of the new Commons on March 14 impressed Campus Construction Update many times over.
March 15, 2007 12:00 am
In April, work resumes on the cross-campus connector originally known as the Bates Walk, now officially titled the Alumni Walk.