Blue and Gray tours get revamped with Northeast Triangle construction

For a prospective student touring Georgetown, nothing says “Welcome to the Hilltop” quite like a “Caution, Do Not Enter” sign.

The closing of the Reiss Walkway on Monday has created a navigational nightmare for much of the student population, let alone those new to campus. Library Walk has also been fenced in due to construction in Ryan and Mulledy Halls. The detours have thus led to some important changes in the way Blue and Gray Tour Guides approaches its prospective student tours.

According to Blue and Gray President Parnia Zahedi (COL ’15), the Executive Board began the school year with the intention of creating an alternate tour route not only to avoid construction, but also to show off the new Healey Family Student Center.

“After trying out a number of options and receiving input from both the Admissions Office and Jamie Scott, the Assistant Director of Community Engagement, we implemented the route that would best adapt to construction while still showing off our campus,” Zahedi said in an interview with Vox.

“Luckily the new tour route avoids the construction on Library Walk, since we go through the HFSC—a new high point on the tours,” Zahedi said. Tours now enter the HFSC after walking through Village A and turn left at Reiss to enter Regents. They will still conclude at their usual spot on the Leavey Patio overlooking Harbin Field.

In addition to the route change, Blue and Gray Vice President of Operations Jennifer Zink (SFS ’15) told Vox that remarks on the master planning process are now incorporated into the existing tour guide spiel.

“We have added comments on our tour about the construction and master planning process so that prospective students and their parents understand the purpose of construction and can get excited about all of the new housing options that will be available when they begin their time at Georgetown,” Zink said in an interview with Vox.

Both Zink and Zahedi are optimistic about the reaction prospective students will have to the construction. “I think the ongoing construction projects bring out some really positive aspects of Georgetown, such as student engagement, community involvement and growth,” Zink said. “I’ve found myself talking about how students were really involved in helping the university determine feasible housing options on campus as well as the addition and improvements of student centers on campus.”

Zahedi also told Vox that seeing the Healy Family Student Center before walking by the construction will help prospective students envision what the results of these projects can be, especially since they will benefit from the final product if they decide to attend Georgetown.

“At the end of the day, the construction may not be the highlight of any current student’s year, but Georgetown is still everything we came here for, and I don’t think it will prevent anyone from applying.”

Photo: Vicki Lam/Vox Populi

One Comment on “Blue and Gray tours get revamped with Northeast Triangle construction

  1. You should have been on the Hilltop to experience “the Big Dig” in 1968-1969, when huge new HVAC pipes were installed from one end of the campus to the other. Big machines everywhere, the walk from what’s now Red Square to Healy completely torn up, lots of “beep-beep” noise from the construction equipment as the machines backed up for another dig, and mud, mud, mud, everywhere. Hoyas were forced to leave their Weejuns in the closet and break out the LL Bean hunting boots for months on end.

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