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New GSB site, third new dorm headed for vote

The last major piece of the master plan puzzle could fall into place in April, when the University’s 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 demolished—and construction on the new GSB building will begin—soon 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 I’ll make in an instant.”

To test living plans for the new residence halls, this fall Woodward Court’s 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 quadrangles—space that would be used to meet the facility needs of the College and the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions. The GSB’s administrative offices in Edelstone Center, at 61st Street and Ellis Avenue, would be used for other University administrative space needs.—K.S.

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