Video and article produced by Kianna Haskin
Wednesday, October 18, Goucher held it’s second town hall meeting of the year with the focus on campus construction. Linda Barone, the project manager of Facilities Management here at Goucher spoke about the First Year Village and Mary Fisher Dining Hall construction.
“We just got visited today and we expect to be under construction in a month or so… with hopes of being open next fall,” said Barone, in regards to the newly redesigned Interfaith Center.
Construction for the First Year Village buildings B and C exterior is due to be completed by the spring of 2018.
The Science and Research Center is in the schematic design stage and the construction is due to start the summer of 2019.
As the Heubeck dining area will close, the Mary Fisher Hall and Pearlstone dining area are going to be the main source of dining at Goucher. The new dining hall will house seven different dining options to choose from.
The Mongolian Grill will house a solid iron Mongolian grill. Global Bowl is going to be based around stir-fry, which can currently be found at Stimson. The American Grill will be a re-configuration of the Build Your Own Burger (BYOB) station at Stimson. Piatti will have a working brick pizza oven and will be Goucher’s home source for pizza and pasta dishes. There will be a Kosher station for anyone who wishes to consume meals made with these preparations. The dining hall will still house a traditional deli and salad bar for those who desire salad and sandwiches.
Dining hall hours and pricing of meals are still under discussion between Bon Appetite and Goucher.
“When we finish Mary Fisher, The Passport Cafe will close. The all-purpose room in Heubeck will become available again,” said Barone. The Heubeck space seats 100 and will be accessible for student events.
Stacy Cooper-Patterson and Barone have been working on creating student spaces for student-run events. Such events are Open Mic Night, events put on by the Independent Music Group, to coral events or even public speakers. “We have tried to make it so there are always these sort of little areas,” said Barone.
The First Year village has been designed with these student spaces in mind. Building B of the First Year village is set to have a gas fireplace within its lounge and a flat-screen TV, which will be across from the community kitchen. The quad is going to have a gas fire pit and hammocks for student use.