Work in Progress, continued
proceeds in the Perelman Quadrangle.
to 38th Street, South SideA tale of two quadrangles
Progress on Perelman Quad. The Perelman
Quadrangle, named for Ronald O. Perelman W64 WG66, who gave
$20 million toward the project, will create a new undergraduate student
center by linking Houston Hall, College Hall, Logan Hall, Williams Hall
and Irvine Auditorium around a central plaza, to be called Wynn Commons
(for Stephen A. Wynn C63, who is contributing $7.5 million). Architects
on the project are Venturi Scott Brown and Associates.
Auditorium's colorful murals
have been painstakingly restored.
The future Wynn Commons still resembles an archaeological
dig as work continues to expand Houston Halls basement, but renovations
to Irvine Auditorium were completed in August. Besides improving the acoustics
of the space and adding a small recital hall and café, the work
also included restoration of the building interiora particularly
striking aspect of which is the halls distinctive murals. The first
event to be scheduled in Irvine was President Rodins remarks to
parents on September 4; the entire Perelman Quad project is to be finished
by next summer.
in the Quad. Air-conditioning in the Quad? The idea brought gasps
of disbelief and mock-protest when Larry Moneta, associate vice president
for campus services, briefed the Alumni Societys executive board
on the renovation program last spring. Scheduled to run over four summers
(1999-2002), the $75 million project will do a lot more than cool the
one-time mens dormitories, more recently the precinct of Penns
freshman classand envisioned as a home for students of all classes
under the college-house system established last year (see story on page
32). The exterior brick will be cleaned and repointed, and extensive landscaping
will restore the area as well as improve drainage. On the inside, the
electrical system will be upgraded and new plumbing and bathroom fixtures
will be installed, as well as elevators and other adjustments in line
with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
infrastructure renovations are being done in conjunction with a reorganization
of the space in the Quad into three college houses, each grouped around
its own courtyard. (This was the recommendation of a committee composed
of faculty and students living in the four college houses headquartered
in the Quad this past year.) The design, by Ewing Cole Cherry Brott, will
add a new entrance on Hamilton Walk and reconfigure interior space to
accommodate offices, computer-lab and study space"all the core
college house/hub facilities," says Moneta.
consultant Andropogon Associates "has looked at all the original
landscaping," he adds. "To the best of our ability, were
going to restore some of the original character [within the context of]
a fully contemporary landscape design. Were talking about beautiful
benchwork and park-like settings and recreation space."