Student Space Forum raises questions, short on answers
Meaney started the meeting by summarizing the summer’s work, especially the consensus among students and University architects that attempting to do too much with too little, which is a major criticism of the original NSSC layout, would doom both centers. Still, we will have to wait until the redesigned NSSC floorplans are released to see if Smithgroup was receptive to the space consensus.
“We have to cast a skeptical eye on the feedback we received,” said Meaney.
One concern brought up in the meeting would be the place of graduate students in both projects. Laverriere assured the room that, although NSSC would be open to everyone, Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson said that it would primarily serve undergraduates. Also, Laverriere noted that keeping some sort of Sellinger-type space in Leavey would make sense.
Also, the role of the Corp in the redesigns has not been discussed. Will Cousino (SFS ’12), a member of the Corp Board of Directors, said that he hasn’t heard anything about opening up new locations; although, the most recent design of NSSC calls for a coffee shop.
The most salient concern about NSSC is whether students will use it at all, especially given the failure of Alumni Lounge to attract students.
Laverriere said that the entrance, which will be across from Leo’s, won’t be as awkward as that of Alumni Lounge, and Meaney thinks having things properly done instead of mismatched will attract students.
One of the most attractive aspects of the space, assured Laverriere, would be that any reservable rooms would under Student Affairs, not Office of Campus Activity Facilities.