More news about the Uz

You know the ambiguously-named “retail space” set aside in the Usdan blueprints? It’s true that it’ll be mostly merch transferred from Broad Street for eager relatives and prefrosh. However, the Wesleyan Computer Store will also be represented!

I know, I know, we have a computer store? (Yes, it’s buried deep in the bowels of the science tower like some highly evolved tapeworm). And like a tapeworm, it’s segmenting off and splitting in two, with the retail part moseying on over to a location in Usdan so that it can sell all you brainiacs iPods, flash drives, switches, cables, and mice (the non-living kind) – Oh my! The service center portion will remain in the science tower roughly where it is now for repairs and the like, but now you can pick up a new set of iPod headphones while enjoying the brilliantly expensive, pointlessly flashy, brand new, stealth bomber-shaped campus center! Your tuition dollars hard at work to attract the elite!

Do I have a vendetta against the computer store? No! Am I bitter about building a $47.4 million campus center?! MAYBE! And that figure was before they tacked on another $3 million for building costs, by the way. I wonder how much of that went towards the “smart membrane vapor barrier“.

In other news, apparently two of the food options that will be available are named Pizza Oven and Mongolian Grille. I guess that’s…interesting.

17 thoughts on “More news about the Uz

  1. Anonymous

    I’m kind of glad that we’re getting a nice campus center. I’ve visited friends at other schools, and where the campus center is nice (for example: Middlebury) it is used a lot. Considering the lack of a real community space at Wesleyan, I think the campus center could fulfill a major need.

  2. Anonymous

    I’m kind of glad that we’re getting a nice campus center. I’ve visited friends at other schools, and where the campus center is nice (for example: Middlebury) it is used a lot. Considering the lack of a real community space at Wesleyan, I think the campus center could fulfill a major need.

  3. Anonymous

    …davenport once funds are raised will be turned into an extension of PAC. more space for the social sciences which is in need. Not sure if it will be home to one dept. (econ/hist/gov) or just an extension. i think the university museum is definitely a few years out, but i think they will start to build the life sciences building in 2009. it is definitely been prioritized over the museum, for good reason. either way, we will all be lovely alumni then. the crazy amount of campus construction is a result of: 1. the wesleyan campaign 2. yes, attract more lucrative students 3. low interest rates in 2001 – 05. i.e. CT state bonds were cheap so that is when you build. most optimal time to borrow large amounts of money. this was not unique to wesleyan. I think Usdan will be a great addition to the campus. However, the retail area sounds fairly unnecessary.

  4. Anonymous

    …davenport once funds are raised will be turned into an extension of PAC. more space for the social sciences which is in need. Not sure if it will be home to one dept. (econ/hist/gov) or just an extension.

    i think the university museum is definitely a few years out, but i think they will start to build the life sciences building in 2009. it is definitely been prioritized over the museum, for good reason. either way, we will all be lovely alumni then.

    the crazy amount of campus construction is a result of: 1. the wesleyan campaign 2. yes, attract more lucrative students 3. low interest rates in 2001 – 05. i.e. CT state bonds were cheap so that is when you build. most optimal time to borrow large amounts of money. this was not unique to wesleyan.

    I think Usdan will be a great addition to the campus. However, the retail area sounds fairly unnecessary.

  5. Anonymous

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vapor_barrier“A vapor barrier is any material, usually a plastic or foil sheet, that resists passage of both air and moisture through walls, ceilings, and floors. They help prevent interior moisture from penetrating into and condensing in unheated attics, basements, crawlspaces, and wall cavities. This is especially important in well-insulated homes, where there is often a great difference in temperature between the air in conditioned space and the air in unconditioned space.”I’m guessing ‘smart membrane’ refers to some newfangled material being used.

  6. Anonymous

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vapor_barrier

    “A vapor barrier is any material, usually a plastic or foil sheet, that resists passage of both air and moisture through walls, ceilings, and floors. They help prevent interior moisture from penetrating into and condensing in unheated attics, basements, crawlspaces, and wall cavities. This is especially important in well-insulated homes, where there is often a great difference in temperature between the air in conditioned space and the air in unconditioned space.”

    I’m guessing ‘smart membrane’ refers to some newfangled material being used.

  7. Ishuku

    yeah, i realize i’m just bitter. i’m going to be just as excited as everyone else when it opens this fall. the university’s long-term construction planning, though, just seems incredibly overwhelming. is there any news as to what they’re actually going to do with davenport? i heard they’re turning it back into a physics building. and is mocon really going to be torn down, or is anything going to be built in its place?personally i’m really psyched about the new life sciences building on lawn (hall atwater is pretty terrible in terms of space allocation and, la di da, energy consumption) and the teaching museum. but that’s like 10 years in the future or something.

  8. Ishuku

    yeah, i realize i’m just bitter. i’m going to be just as excited as everyone else when it opens this fall. the university’s long-term construction planning, though, just seems incredibly overwhelming. is there any news as to what they’re actually going to do with davenport? i heard they’re turning it back into a physics building. and is mocon really going to be torn down, or is anything going to be built in its place?personally i’m really psyched about the new life sciences building on lawn (hall atwater is pretty terrible in terms of space allocation and, la di da, energy consumption) and the teaching museum. but that’s like 10 years in the future or something.

  9. Ishuku

    yeah, i realize i’m just bitter. i’m going to be just as excited as everyone else when it opens this fall. the university’s long-term construction planning, though, just seems incredibly overwhelming. is there any news as to what they’re actually going to do with davenport? i heard they’re turning it back into a physics building. and is mocon really going to be torn down, or is anything going to be built in its place?

    personally i’m really psyched about the new life sciences building on lawn (hall atwater is pretty terrible in terms of space allocation and, la di da, energy consumption) and the teaching museum. but that’s like 10 years in the future or something.

  10. Estrella

    I don’t think that your bitterness is justified. For starters, alot of the money to build the campus center came from the Usdan family and some of it came from CT state bonds, so it is in fact NOT “your tuition dollars hard at work to attract the elite” (tanget about tuition dollars for just a second here, did you know that the cost of a Wesleyan education is actually about $15,000 more a year than tuition?)about the University Center though, it isn’t just a flashy, pointless expenditure of money, MoCon needs to be scrapped because it is incredibly energy inefficient whereas the new Usdan Center was designed to be way more efficient and Davenport was never designed to be a building where food was prepared, and incredible inefficiencies are associated with food preparation there.Another reason for the new Usdan Center is because there is a severe lack of space for large conferences etc, which in the past has limited the kinds of activities that Wesleyan can host.

  11. Estrella

    I don’t think that your bitterness is justified. For starters, alot of the money to build the campus center came from the Usdan family and some of it came from CT state bonds, so it is in fact NOT “your tuition dollars hard at work to attract the elite” (tanget about tuition dollars for just a second here, did you know that the cost of a Wesleyan education is actually about $15,000 more a year than tuition?)about the University Center though, it isn’t just a flashy, pointless expenditure of money, MoCon needs to be scrapped because it is incredibly energy inefficient whereas the new Usdan Center was designed to be way more efficient and Davenport was never designed to be a building where food was prepared, and incredible inefficiencies are associated with food preparation there.Another reason for the new Usdan Center is because there is a severe lack of space for large conferences etc, which in the past has limited the kinds of activities that Wesleyan can host.

  12. Estrella

    I don’t think that your bitterness is justified. For starters, alot of the money to build the campus center came from the Usdan family and some of it came from CT state bonds, so it is in fact NOT “your tuition dollars hard at work to attract the elite” (tanget about tuition dollars for just a second here, did you know that the cost of a Wesleyan education is actually about $15,000 more a year than tuition?)

    about the University Center though, it isn’t just a flashy, pointless expenditure of money, MoCon needs to be scrapped because it is incredibly energy inefficient whereas the new Usdan Center was designed to be way more efficient and Davenport was never designed to be a building where food was prepared, and incredible inefficiencies are associated with food preparation there.

    Another reason for the new Usdan Center is because there is a severe lack of space for large conferences etc, which in the past has limited the kinds of activities that Wesleyan can host.

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