The Campus Master Planning Committee announced some major plans for the science buildings at last night's VSA Council meeting. According to the Misc's liveblogging of the meeting, the "Board of Trustees voted to knock down Mudd Chemistry." The Director of Capital Projects and Facilities Planning, Naomi Davies, however, tells Mads there is "no definitive decision."
"The financial situation has forced the College to delay much of its capital project schedule," says Andrew Bennett '09, a member of the Planning Committee. Plans for the science buildings, as well as dorm renovations, have all been prioritized and reduced.
The plan for the science buildings has been pushed back a year, but the plans do in fact exist. Polshek Partnership has been chosen as the project architect and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates will be the landscape architect. "Polshek and MVVA have developed preliminary sketches that include what is essentially a box that extends from Olmsted across the creek towards Skinner," says Andrew.
The Committees behind the project are taking into account financial, as well as academic considerations. Labs have to remain available to students, for example, so the project will be more gradual than other projects, such as Davison.