News Archives

Monday

September 15, 2008 12:00 pm

Bates College New Commons Dining Facility

A video for Bates College Alumni to get a sense of what the new dining facility on campus looks like.

Tuesday

July 1, 2008 1:19 pm

Hedge and the Bill

As major renovations loom, Bates consideres the two building’s aesthetics and history

Wednesday

April 9, 2008 12:00 pm

More than a month old, dining Commons still a fresh Bates place

Spring’s happy arrival after a long winter manifests itself in myriad ways, which is one way to explain the giddy reactions to the new dining Commons, open since Feb. 24.

Monday

March 3, 2008 11:10 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.

It was the first dinner served at the facility with the entire campus community back from winter break. (The Commons had served the first board plan meal Sunday night and offered a limited menu during break week.) Schwartz was pleased — and her staff, she said, loves their new workplace.

Saturday

March 1, 2008 2:53 pm

Dinner Time

About 1,000 diners gave the College’s new Commons its first major test on the evening of Feb. 25 during the first dinner served to the entire campus community in the new space.

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.

Friday

December 14, 2007 11:05 am

Campus construction update: Week of Dec. 10

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.

Friday

November 30, 2007 12:34 pm

Campus construction update: Week of Nov. 26

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.

Thursday

October 25, 2007 10:48 am

Campus construction update: Week of Oct. 22

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.