dorms to open in phases
winter weather caused construction delays
of the three buildings in the Max Palevsky Residential Commons,
originally scheduled to open in autumn 2001, will open winter
quarter 2002. Bartlett Dining Commons, the gymnasium-turned-cafeteria
for the new residences, also will open in winter 2002.
308 first- and second-year students slated to live in Palevsky
East, the largest of the three residence halls, will move in
this fall. Undergrads with assigned or reserved rooms in the
other halls, the 158-student Palevsky West and the 268-student
Palevsky Central, will spend fall quarter in Woodward Court,
where dining services will remain available.
delays were caused by record snowfalls and sub-zero temperatures
this past winter, says student services dean Ed Turkington,
as well as a citywide building boom that has slowed permit review
and subcontractor estimates.
of an abundance of space once the new residences do open, Turkington
says the Breckinridge dormitory and Max Mason apartments will
close at the end of this spring quarter. "The Mason apartments
will probably end up being used as graduate-student housing,"
he says, "and Breckinridge will open again to College students
in a few years. At that point, both buildings will be in significantly
better condition than they're in now."
group of current Breckinridge residents protested the closure,
citing the dorm's single-sex floors and modest board requirements
as their reasons for living there. In response, Turkington's
office has set aside a house in Palevsky to become a "virtual
Breck" with similar living and board arrangements. "The
only difference," he says, "will be the location,
and frankly, the new hall will be a much nicer place to live."-S.A.S.