Pavilion Halfway Finished;
Baldwin Moves to Begin
Date: Nov. 27, 2001
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photos by: Andrew Higley
Archive: Campus News
What will be the first permanent piece in UC's MainStreet construction is more than halfway to its target completion date of fall 2002. In the meantime, on Dec. 5 the College of Engineering will begin moving back into Baldwin Hall, following the hall's first major renovation since it opened in 1909.
A media tour on Nov. 16 showcased construction at University Pavilion, the 100,000-square-foot, six-story structure that will provide the beginning point for UC's new MainStreet complex running diagonally through campus to Campus Green. The new pavilion will house the university's first "One-Stop" student services center, providing convenient access to vital student services such as Admissions, Finance, Financial Aid, the Registrar the Career Development Center, Educational Services, Disability Services and Enrollment Management -- all in one convenient location.
As the beginning point for MainStreet, the new pavilion will provide "a front door" to West Campus, according to Tom Gormley, architect with GBBN. The pavilion also "provides a window onto campus," featuring a five-story atrium with floors above overlooking it and a glass wrap-around wall facing McMicken Commons, he said. "It is really evident when you are in the building and looking out."
A University Visitors Center will be located on the building's third level. It features an exhibit space on UC's past, present and future, an 88-seat presentation room and a 125-seat multipurpose room. The center will also serve as the origination point for daily campus tours. A proposed Student Success Center will place the Career Development Center and Educational Services in close proximity, providing a central spot for recruiting, interviewing, orientation, tutoring and academic support programs, according to Stanley Henderson, associate vice president for Enrollment Management.
After $16 million in renovations, the six-level Baldwin Hall is expected to be ready for the start of winter quarter on Jan. 3, according to Rick Koch, director of facilities for the College of Engineering. The college will be using the updated facility as a central teaching, study, lab and advising space for undergraduates, he said. Undergraduate administrative offices and the offices for the departments of civil and environmental engineering and aerospace engineering will be moving in during December.
In addition to its new mechanical, computer and electrical systems, the updated hall now includes a 140-seat tiered classroom in part of what was formerly the high bay on the six floor, new classrooms and seminar rooms, new windows, refinished woodwork, new carpeting and refinished flooring, and an expanded Engineering Library.
The project also included updated phone and data cabling for Rhodes Hall, according to Peter Luken, Construction Management's senior project manager for the renovation.