Hellgate Redesign Information
We have a winner!Posted by Karen Swanson at 6/22/2016 4:45:00 PM
MMW presented three concepts addressing our concerns of last week. While all come much closer to both the budget and the bond requirements, one stands out because it solves both the centralized library/learning commons and circulation problems. MMW will further modify the proposal to meet issues raised by the persnickety Hellgate committee. Because MMW architects are just as resolute to get it right, we're all hopeful you'll see the advantages of this new proposal. We've attached a link to the images as presented today. Let us know what you think!
Where we arePosted by Karen Swanson at 6/15/2016 3:00:00 PM
We are so excited about the concepts presented by MMW, but that excitement is tempered by the realization that we won't be able to do it all. Deferred maintenance will, unfortunately, be taking more than 2/3 of the $23.8 budget awarded to Hellgate. While we all love the idea of breathing clean air, not wearing coats in winter, and not roasting in spring and fall, we don't have as much money as we'd like for actual learning spaces. Bond language dictates that deferred maintenance along with safety/security, technology updates, improved circulation/commons, and improved library/learning commons/great hall. Any construction also demands ADA and Title IX comliance. With that in mind, please consider the guiding questions we've used throughout this process:
What are the best features of the proposed concept?
What elements of the concept could be changed or strengthened?
Any "must -haves" we overlooked?
It's a daunting task, but we feel up to the challenge with your help and support for these changes. As the summer meetings progress, continue to watch this blog for updates. EIT will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 12-2 until we get the best plan we can afford. Within the next week, expect visuals of possible on-budget diagrams of what Hellgate could look like.
Questions and comments? Please email us!