site, third new dorm headed for vote
The last major piece of the master plan puzzle could fall into
place in April, when the Universitys Board of Trustees will
vote on a proposed site, recommended by the ampus master plan steering
committee, for the new Graduate School of Business facility. The
proposal calls for a new building, costing about $90 million, to
be located north of Ida Noyes Hall, where Woodward Court dormitory
now stands. The facility would provide the GSB with twice as much
campus space as it now has, more group study rooms and classrooms,
and at least 200 underground parking spaces.
If the proposal is approved, Woodward Court will be demolishedand
construction on the new GSB building will beginsoon after
the two new undergraduate residence halls near Regenstein open,
scheduled for 2001. Some of the 340 beds lost at Woodward would
be made up in the new dorms. The rest would be replaced by a third
new residence hall, to be built at 55th Street and Greenwood Avenue
next to Pierce Tower, on the current site of a parking lot. It would
open in 2003, as would the GSB facility.
In a March 22 letter to alumni who lived in Woodward, Dean of
Student Services Edward Turkington noted that the building was not
in good physical condition and that Woodward Court traditions such
as the Wirszup Lecture Series would be preserved. If we give
up Woodward, wrote Turkington, it will be to get new
and decidedly better residence halls in a much better location,
adding, This is a trade Ill make in an instant.
To test living plans for the new residence halls, this fall Woodward
Courts six houses will merge into four. Already predominantly
a first-year dorm, at least 70 percent of its residents will be
first-years under the new plan.
While the College could lose Woodward, it could gain other space.
If the GSB moves to a new facility, business faculty and students
would vacate Rosenwald Hall, Stuart Hall, and Walker Museum on the
main quadranglesspace that would be used to meet the facility
needs of the College and the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions.
The GSBs administrative offices in Edelstone Center, at 61st
Street and Ellis Avenue, would be used for other University administrative