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Proposed Fine Arts Center renovation bond

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http://wpri.com/2015/12/09/uri-to-seek-68m-from-voters-for-new-arts-facility/

URI is hoping to get a referendum on November's ballot for a $68 million renovation to the Fine Arts Center, which would have it fully operational for the summer of 2020. The Council on Postsecondary Education has approved it along with a $25.5 million additional bond for the engineering building. It's still waiting for approval from the governor and assembly.

I know the Fine Arts Center needs renovation, but $68 million sounds high. I hope they didn't kill the hopes of getting it renovated by being so aggressive on their plans. It will be great if it does pass, that's one of the most visible buildings on campus and is quite an eyesore.
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This will be a hard sell at the polls.
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Unfortunately I agree. It's one thing to get money for science related buildings. It's very easy to show how those buildings can help generate graduates for in demand fields and how having those buildings being obsolete hurts. Fine arts is different, especially where they're not renovating or seem to be adding any concert/theater space.
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Fine Arts building is in dire need of full replacement. This better go through.
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ATPTourFan wrote:Fine Arts building is in dire need of full replacement. This better go through.


Yup.
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It's a dump
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the renderings are awesome, really hope it goes through
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Its a dump. That 68M figure isn't what it once was. Structurally it has some issues.

I know when I went there they forced everyone to fulfill 1 class in that department. Funny they list how many students elect to take a class there when they force you too. Although, I enjoyed my class there.
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Seawrightspostgame wrote:Its a dump. That 68M figure isn't what it once was. Structurally it has some issues.

I know when I went there they forced everyone to fulfill 1 class in that department. Funny they list how many students elect to take a class there when they force you too. Although, I enjoyed my class there.


It always has been a dump. When I was a student in the early '70s, the Fine Arts Center was only a few years old and it never seemed to be "finished". It always leaked, had poor HVAC, and looked like it was falling apart.
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Rhody74 wrote:
Seawrightspostgame wrote:Its a dump. That 68M figure isn't what it once was. Structurally it has some issues.

I know when I went there they forced everyone to fulfill 1 class in that department. Funny they list how many students elect to take a class there when they force you too. Although, I enjoyed my class there.


It always has been a dump. When I was a student in the early '70s, the Fine Arts Center was only a few years old and it never seemed to be "finished". It always leaked, had poor HVAC, and looked like it was falling apart.

I was a student in the early 2000s, and yup, sounds like the same place. :) It was also just a weird monster of a building to me architecturally as well. They had a ton of these little classrooms in there that are impossible to find. While it's billed as a "renovation," from the dollar figure it almost sounds like they're going to gut and redo the whole thing, which wouldn't be the worst idea...
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I had one class there probably in 2001 for Intro to Architecture. I got an A- I think. I enjoyed the class, but the building was awful back then.
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I'll never forget my Intro to Acting class I took there in my senior year in 2003. It was one of two classes I took second semester senior year, the other was Intermediate Bowling. Yeah, senior year was awesome.
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I don't think I ever took a class there. My Intro to Film class met in Chafee, if I recall. I did get my car towed out of that lot a half dozen times. Still cheaper than a parking pass!
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TruePoint wrote:I don't think I ever took a class there. My Intro to Film class met in Chafee, if I recall. I did get my car towed out of that lot a half dozen times. Still cheaper than a parking pass!


Haha, I always loved that conversation I'd have with myself..."just get towed and park right here, or drive around looking for another spot..."

Getting towed almost always won.
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The Fine Arts Building smelled like a dirty bus depot, and this was 10 years ago when I graduated. I can only imagine what it smells like now. The university needs improvements to the building, but is the arts program at the university really that strong? Personally, I think Chaffee is a building on campus that needs an overhaul.
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The building was ugly from the day it opened. Horrible design.

Let me be the first to say put the $68 million into the Football Stadium.
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In all serious, ramster, a $30M bond for a football stadium update would get voted down?
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I think the Fine Arts Building needs to be torn down and replace, not renovated. Is this just putting lipstick on a pig? I would like to see Classic Architecture, and get away from the Modern.
Hopefully someone can convince me that this will be nice after it is done? Can we get away from the Concrete? This should be a showcase building, with granite façade. URI did a great job with Ballinetine Hall, they could do the same here.
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Based on the picture above they're going to be getting away from the concrete and trying to go with a lot of glass. And it seems like everything other then the concert halls and theaters are being totally redone.
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at least the outside of them, I suspect that it will be a gut job in those areas
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Don't worry about the cost. When Trump is president, we'll not only get a new building, MexIco will pay for it.
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I'm sure there will be some value engineering which to make the price more appealing, but at a minimum tis building needs work and should be a top priority. Its in the worst shape out of any academic building on campus. I hope It passes too, why not, this is THE state school.
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I want Mexico to subsidize all the doritos I'm eating
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The Fine Arts Center bond has gone from being recommended to be placed on this year's ballot to tentatively placed on the 2018 ballot according to the Governor's submitted capital budget.
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This project continues to fade. It's gone from recommended to be placed on the 2016 ballot, to tentatively placed on 2018, to now just planning for the project.

"URI Fine Arts Center Renovation and Addition - The Governor recommends expenditures of university funds totaling $56,930 in both FY 2017 and FY 2018 to complete advance planning efforts for a full-scale renovation of the URI Fine Arts Center, currently a functional but antiquated facility with several structural deficiencies. The Governor further recommends an appropriation of $1.0 million from the Rhode Island Capital Plan Fund to address initial
project requirements in FY 2018. In previous fiscal years, $400,000 was expended from the Rhode Island Capital Plan Fund and $211,415 from university funds to address advanced planning and design."
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Awful, what will happen is that the structure will continue to decay and be neglected until its too dangerous to use and will be abandoned. The Art programs will suffer.
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Probably going to need a deep pockets alumnus to save it......typical
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An update on Fine Arts. It looks like the project has changed recently, but should hopefully be getting started this summer, though funding hasn't been secured yet.

"As of right now, the plans include phase one, which will renovate five of the 10-pod structure that makes up the Fine Arts Center...

'Our plan [in the first phases] is to… re-clad five of the pods that are to remain and basically stabilize the envelope [of the building],' said McMahan. Phase one also includes fixing the heating and ventilation systems throughout the building, and other renovation projects. Some of the pods that are included in phase one contain the pods that have fixed seating, the theater and music hall.

One idea that they are discussing right now is to put insulation around the outside of the building and cover that with brick. “That will help to make the building much more comfortable and insulated,” McMahan said.

The project is planned to go out to bid the summer of 2018 and construction will begin that summer. It is planned to take about a year for phase one to be completed."

http://rhodycigar.com/2017/10/19/update ... =hootsuite
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