Facilities and Construction
Although the 75 biker-pedestrian courtesy signs that have dotted campus for the past two weeks will be gone before the weekend, they are only the first part of an ongoing Washington University initiative to make campus paths safer.
Washington University has announced two new engineering buildings to extend beyond Brookings Hall, but only one has been named and neither has a set groundbreaking date. The two academic buildings will occupy the current Engineering School parking lot where ThurtenE Carnival is held each spring. The first of the two, to be named Henry A. & Elvira H.
Some coffee cups on campus will soon be sporting a familiar green logo, pending final contracts being signed. An Aramark-operated Starbucks franchise is scheduled to open in the new business school buildings upon completion of Knight and Bauer Halls March 1.
Students are already steeling themselves for Rubelmann Hall’s expected demolition this summer, even though administrators have yet to confirm a groundbreaking date. Rumors about the oldest dorm on the South 40’s replacement have been circulating for years with a lack of funding stalling the project.
An energy-saving measure to be proposed at Monday night’s University City council meeting could affect the design of Washington University’s planned housing north of the Delmar Loop.
Kaldi’s Coffee may soon be facing more competition on campus as the Olin Business School considers hosting a Starbucks in the under-construction Bauer Hall. Contract negotiations with Starbucks have not been finalized, according to Brian Bannister, associate dean for finance and administration in the business school.
Junior Andrew Green enjoyed the make-your-own omelet he ate during a visit to Bowdoin University, but he said Washington University’s food is even better. The Daily Meal food blog disagreed. Still, while Bowdoin ranked as having the best college food in America, Washington University was right on its heels with the No. 2 spot in the blog’s annual survey.
Washington University Campus Card Services is hopeful that Bear Bucks will be online again later today after nearly 24 hours of inactivity. At about 11:30 a.m. on Monday, a database error occurred that put campus card services ranging from on-campus laundry to off-campus dining out of commission.
The Whispers Cafe renovations that began as a simple countertop replacement expanded into a much larger project than Dining Services initially expected.
The 2013 academic year kicked off with several changes to Dining Services at Washington University, from the South 40 to the Village to the Danforth Campus.