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Re: Bowling Green State University: Development and News
« Reply #90 on: May 29, 2015, 11:44:58 AM »
The city has a pretty fiscally conservative mayor and city council now, so in retrospect it doesn't surprise me that they didn't try harder to repurpose these buildings. The old ketchup factory west of campus is also completely gone, as is the Ridge School on Ridge - now more 'green space'. They did manage to save, so far, the South Main school, but the old school on North Church that currently houses the administration building is likely to be demolished once the city finds new space for the city hall.

For the first time in 16 years, there is a competitive election for mayor, thank goodness. Hopefully the Dems will come out swinging this year, and shift the city's planning in a more urban direction.

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« Reply #91 on: June 02, 2015, 10:41:36 AM »
I75 going to six lanes seems insane, but it's been a while, so maybe not insane, but I have my doubts.
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« Reply #92 on: June 02, 2015, 06:35:55 PM »
I75 going to six lanes seems insane, but it's been a while, so maybe not insane, but I have my doubts.
It's very busy between Findlay and Perrysburg, with accidents often closing sections of the highway rather frequently even before construction began. BG has posted alternate route through the cornfields, because traffic was often backing up through town on OH25. I-75 through that area carries a lot of traffic from the southern US to Detroit and Canada, and traffic out of Toledo down to both Cincinnati and Columbus, so I think the extra lanes are warranted.

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« Reply #93 on: June 05, 2015, 05:53:30 PM »
grrr. all this money wasted on cars and roads over public transit in ohio, its just disgusting. oh well what are ya gonna do?

and to tear down the armory for...what? they could have built the cvs around it! disgusting.

anyway thanks so much for the updates. i'm kind of stunned. but its great to see bgsu really pushing hard to improve campus life.

please post renders and more on the new frat houses when you can. also on whatever is where the admin tower was -- thanks!

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« Reply #94 on: June 07, 2015, 08:00:11 PM »
grrr. all this money wasted on cars and roads over public transit in ohio, its just disgusting. oh well what are ya gonna do?

and to tear down the armory for...what? they could have built the cvs around it! disgusting.

anyway thanks so much for the updates. i'm kind of stunned. but its great to see bgsu really pushing hard to improve campus life.

please post renders and more on the new frat houses when you can. also on whatever is where the admin tower was -- thanks!


It is a lot of money for the widening of I-75, but I don't think it's unjustified (how that for non-committal). I'd much rather have regular bus service to a new (imaginary) Toledo intermodal transit station, or even regional train service, but this part of Ohio in particular is very attached to its automobiles. I asked my undergrad students last week how many owned a car, and every single one raised their hands. I find BG to be a very pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly town, but there is no way out of town now (last Greyhound in 2006?) other than a car or private car hire. It's asinine. No wonder the university can't attract any international students here.

I'll post more pictures of the new Greek houses as they start to emerge. Right now, it's just foundation work.

The Administration Building is still standing, and I don't know of immediate plans to demolish it. I seem to recall plans to add on to the BTSUnion for the bursar and other offices there, but that's nowhere in sight now. Since the university cant absorb the loss of that office space just yet, it may be a while.


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Re: Bowling Green State University: Development and News
« Reply #95 on: June 08, 2015, 07:12:36 AM »
thanks, glad to hear the admin is still there. i hope they dont tear it down. only because i think aesthetically the campus needs its few tall bldgs.

as for bus service, maybe they can get a go bus or one of those other newer "dollar" interstate bus services sometime? i can see a semi regular (3x/wk?) bus service getting decent business plying up and down I-75 between cini and toledo. i dk about a profitable east-west route tho. it would probably have to go up to toledo first. maybe once or twice a week would work. hmm.

but otherwise yes for sure the campus, city and area are great for biking. i used to ride up to tontogany, grand rapids, pemberville, etc. in grad school quite a bit on my bikes. very easy and enjoyable backroads riding around there.
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« Reply #96 on: June 08, 2015, 09:19:14 AM »
as for bus service, maybe they can get a go bus or one of those other newer "dollar" interstate bus services sometime? i can see a semi regular (3x/wk?) bus service getting decent business plying up and down I-75 between cini and toledo. i dk about a profitable east-west route tho. it would probably have to go up to toledo first. maybe once or twice a week would work. hmm.

There is a bus called 'GoBus' out of Athens that runs regular (I think even daily) service to the 3C's. (I believe the Cleveland route is brand new, previously it was just Cols and Cin) It gets some kind of state/federal subsidy and is operated by a nonprofit: http://ridegobus.com/

I imagine if it could work in Athens it could work in BG.

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« Reply #97 on: June 08, 2015, 02:46:35 PM »
^ yeah a go bus, those are very popular, or something like that.

bolt bus and megabus are two other popular discount bus service providers.

maybe bgsu can get one going someday?


here is a blurb i found:

Cheap fares starting as low as $1

Bus companies never seemed to figure out that the real market was on routes that were within a 250-mile radius of a given starting point. Eventually, one British company called Megabus realized that and got into the domestic market. Now there are multiple competitors including Bolt Bus and  GreyHound Express.

These companies offer regional hub routes that started in the Northeast, went to the Midwest and now offer some West Coast travel. All of these new bus services offer cheap fares starting at $1 per ride for a limited number of people on each bus, while the other passengers pay real fares that are still quite cheap in the $10-$20 range.

These are not your father's Greyhound buses. They don't stop in every little nook and cranny on a route; they run non-stop between metro areas in typical four-hour runs. (Some routes may be longer.) The buses all offer free onboard wifi. They tend to be clean with comfortable seats. Certain carriers are introducing double-decker buses with more room and supposedly more comfort. This is a truly viable option for cheap travel.

A lot of our country will never have enough population density to warrant high-speed trains. And trains are much more expensive than buses. So if you are looking to get somewhere and your first reaction is, "A bus?!," well, think again. This can be a potential real deal.

My youngest producer Joel and his wife took MegaBus from Atlanta to New Orleans (nearly nine hours roundtrip) and they paid $11 and change each roundtrip. That's roughly $6 one way! MegaBus gets the thumbs up from Joel and his wife for price and timely pickup/dropoff. But be warned that the bathrooms may not be the cleanest, particularly for ladies.

Don't forget to check sites like Wanderu.com and BusTripping.com to comparison shop multiple bus lines and find the cheapest options on ground transportation.

http://www.clarkhoward.com/cheap-bus-lines-traveling-between-metro-areas-are-


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Re: Bowling Green State University: Development and News
« Reply #99 on: March 17, 2016, 12:28:02 AM »
http://m.wtol.com/toledonewsnow/db/347256/content/ZiLf8J53

Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new bgsu architecture building

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Re: Bowling Green State University: Development and News
« Reply #102 on: August 14, 2016, 06:12:05 PM »
Lots of BGSU construction updates:

http://m.wtol.com/toledonewsnow/db/347256/content/ZiLf8J53

Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new bgsu architecture building

Published on May 23, 2016:
The remodeled Park Avenue building opened in spring 2016 as the new home of the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design.

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« Reply #103 on: August 14, 2016, 06:12:56 PM »
south hall update:

http://www.bgsu.edu/news/2016/04/south-hall-construction-update.html

Published on June 28, 2016:
The Kuhlin Center (formerly South Hall) will be the new home to BGSU's School of Media and Communication in fall 2016.

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« Reply #104 on: August 14, 2016, 06:13:52 PM »
Published on July 6, 2016:
Now under construction, Moseley Hall will be an interdisciplinary science laboratory building when completed in 2017.  It will house chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, geology and medical laboratory science classes.  The 100-year-old building was originally a science building and at one time had livestock on the first floor.

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« Reply #105 on: August 14, 2016, 06:14:43 PM »
BGSU video from May 2, 2016 showing construction progress of the new Greek Housing project on campus:



Screenshot from the above video showing an overview of the entire Greek Housing project:
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« Reply #106 on: August 14, 2016, 06:15:29 PM »
The new Greek housing project is now finished and BGSU held an open house last week:



BGSU unveils campus homes for Greek life
By Janet Stengle | BLADE STAFF WRITER
Published on Aug. 12, 2016 | Updated 9:57 a.m.


BOWLING GREEN — A new Greek village will house 33 sororities and fraternities this semester at Bowling Green State University, continuing the university’s longstanding commitment to campus Greek life.

The 33 new townhouses vary between homes with four, 12, and 18 beds.  During an open house Thursday, visitors toured the future home of Delta Theta Sigma, a four-person sorority house; Pi Kappa Phi, a 12-person fraternity house, and an 18-person townhouse that will accommodate fraternity and sorority student overflow. ... All houses are university owned.  The university has owned its fraternity and sorority housing since the 1940s.

The project cost $32.7 million and is funded by Residence Life auxiliary reserves and bonds, which will be paid back by room-rental income.  Project planning began in 2009 and took two years to build.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2016/08/12/BGSU-unveils-campus-homes-for-Greek-life.html
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« Reply #107 on: December 08, 2017, 02:36:52 PM »
it seems west hall was demo'd for green space --


More changes in store for BGSU campus

TOPICS:BGSU Master Plan


POSTED BY: DAVID DUPONT APRIL 6, 2017
By DAVID DUPONT

BG Independent News

After spending the last few summers bringing new life to the two original buildings on the Bowling Green State University campus, next summer will see two 1950s vintage structures bite the dust.

Steve Krakoff, the vice president for capital planning and campus operations, told Faculty Senate Tuesday that the work tearing down West Hall and the neighboring Family and Consumer Sciences building will begin as soon as classes are over. That work will be completed by the time students return to campus.

The demolition will require some work on Founders Hall which is connected to the two doomed structures.



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http://bgindependentmedia.org/more-changes-in-store-for-bgsu-campus/


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« Reply #108 on: December 08, 2017, 03:07:47 PM »
Yes, West Hall and the Family and Consumer Sciences buildings were demolished this summer. In their place will go a memorial garden for faculty and alumni. Moseley and University Hall renovations were complete in August, and Hanna Hall will be emptied in the next few weeks as construction begins on an addition for that building, which will become the new Maurer College of Business. Other than the addition of much-needed crosswalks on Wooster near campus, there isnt any other construction on campus, after several busy years.

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« Reply #109 on: December 11, 2017, 11:33:08 AM »
^ hmm, interesting, although it must look weird to have the main sw corner be empty now, i am glad they are tearing down or renovating the older buildings, it will definately improve the looks of the campus -- thx for the updates!

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« Reply #110 on: December 19, 2017, 02:48:08 PM »
^ hmm, interesting, although it must look weird to have the main sw corner be empty now, i am glad they are tearing down or renovating the older buildings, it will definately improve the looks of the campus -- thx for the updates!

The main SW corner is still intact with Founders Hall. The two that were demolished faced the college green, like the Administration Building. Demolishing west hall and the fcs building opened up in the inside of campus, but kept the exterior wall intact.

BGSU president announces retirement effective Dec. 31
http://www.sent-trib.com/news/bgsu-president-announces-retirement-effective-dec/article_78c82c5c-dc48-11e7-bacf-a3aa85ed725f.html

"The most immediately obvious change will be the demolition of Harshman Residence Hall, which will be completely vacated by Feb. 2018. The university Master Plan slated it to be demolished because it is considered to be a building "with high deferred maintenance needs and no strategic value to BGSU's academic mission." The land will be graded and seeded and left until an alternate use has been found.

The trustees also unanimously approved changing the name of Hanna Hall to the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center. Construction on the building has already begun.

The East Wooster Street Right-of-Way was also approved. Construction of a traffic circle will impact the approach to the university off the Interstate 75 exit ramp.

In other business, the board also approved the Falcon Tuition Guarantee Plan."




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« Reply #111 on: January 16, 2018, 10:17:39 PM »
holy cow that is strange and kind of upsetting. harshman & kriesher quads are twins and the heart of bgsu in campus housing. its weird that harshman goes away, but kriescher stays. both quads are old and not worth major renovations, so i understand, but that is a heck of a lot of lost housing. and they are leaving the land fallow? that would drop enrollment, no? is the housing made up for anywhere else?

also, via streetview i see my first off campus house across the street from the founders loading dock was torn down for parking. there were about four or five large craftsman houses there, now its a big parking lot? way to go bg lol.

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« Reply #112 on: January 17, 2018, 12:34:46 AM »
holy cow that is strange and kind of upsetting. harshman & kriesher quads are twins and the heart of bgsu in campus housing. its weird that harshman goes away, but kriescher stays. both quads are old and not worth major renovations, so i understand, but that is a heck of a lot of lost housing. and they are leaving the land fallow? that would drop enrollment, no? is the housing made up for anywhere else?

also, via streetview i see my first off campus house across the street from the founders loading dock was torn down for parking. there were about four or five large craftsman houses there, now its a big parking lot? way to go bg lol.

The Univ has been buying up small houses on Wooster over the years; the small commercial brick building on the corner of Wooster and College was demolished a few weeks ago as well; not sure if that is univ property now or not, but...gone.

I think that Harshman has been empty of residents for several years now; the university built two new residence halls about six years ago, but this year the housing dept had to rent several apartment buildings in town for those who couldn't find space in the halls. I havent heard of any plans to construct new residence halls.

Also, I recently heard a tentative 2022 date for demolishing the Administration Building.

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« Reply #113 on: January 19, 2018, 09:06:29 AM »
i wonder why the university is buying up residential wooster when they can expand to the north all they want? that doesnt seem like a good use of money. i know the people who work along there on the campus side of wooster dont want to walk from far away parking lots, but its dumb and i would imagine expensive to take it out on the coveted private student housing across the street.

thats so strange to hear harshman is closed up, but its twin kriescher quad remains open. i wonder how they decided that? it could only have been by flipping a quarter haha. i would hope they build new housing there at some point.

and that is terrible to hear the admin bldg probably really is coming down. i was hoping they would find some use for it. not that bgsu is about towers, far from it, but it gave the campus architectural gravitas or presence at least and that will be missed.

as always, thanks for the great updates!

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« Reply #114 on: January 19, 2018, 10:35:20 AM »
Utility relocation (etc) has started on Hanna Hall, which is now vacated, for a summer construction start on the (newly named) Maurer Center. The faculty offices will move to this building, and the current College of Business Administration building will become a classroom building, like Olscamp.

I wish the planned addition would complement the existing building, but it looks like they're going for to 2009 for design ideas. :P

Early rendering of the new Maurer Center addition:

http://www.toledoblade.com/image/2017/02/23/n6exteriorbg.jpg


Early rendering of the William F. and Peggy L. Schmeltz Atrium in the new Maurer Center

https://www.bgsu.edu/content/bgsu/en/news/2017/02/foundation-in-place-for-new-cba-building-thanks-to-transformational-gifts/_jcr_content/top-content-slider-parsys/image.img.png/1487370665464.png

Short video of the Maurer Center; not sure if this is the final design
https://vimeo.com/214713907#at=41


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« Reply #115 on: March 02, 2018, 06:50:11 PM »
Construction boom continues at BGSU

POSTED BY: DAVID DUPONT MARCH 2, 2018







The transformation of the former Hanna Hall into the Robert and Patricia Maurer Center, the new home for the College of Business, took a large step forward when the Bowling Green State University trustees approved the final funding for the $44.5 million project.

The project involves extensively renovating the 1921 building and constructing an addition on the eastern face more than doubling its size.

Trustees also approved the naming of a variety of spaces within the building for private donors, whose funds are a linchpin of the financing of the building.

Trustees approved $37,327,420. The trustees had already approved the balance of the funding.

http://bgindependentmedia.org/construction-boom-continues-at-bgsu/

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« Reply #116 on: August 27, 2018, 05:36:21 PM »
BGSU welcomes its most diverse class ever

New faces were all over the Bowling Green State University campus Thursday.
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The university said this year's freshman class is the most diverse class ever. Data shows that 23 percent of the students are students of color and the class is the most academically prepared yet.

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« Reply #117 on: August 27, 2018, 11:28:33 PM »
The campus master plan initiated about a decade ago is mostly complete. The Maurer Business School renovation of and addition to Hanna Hall is the last major construction project on campus. Harshman is demolished and now a green grassy lot, and the Rec Center is getting a new roof.

Most student affairs offices have been relocated to the Union, most classrooms and residences halls updated, and there's been significant infrastructure investment. The education building has also been redecorated, so it's unlikely that it will be demolished as had been considered earlier. The Business Administration Building will become a general classroom building like Olscamp.

President Rogers came to our opening faculty meeting last week and said there has been $400 million invested in the campus in the past 8(?) years or so. 

Other projects from likely to questionable include:
Demolition of the Administration Building in 2021;
Reuse of the Golf Course, which closed this year;
Possible construction of a hotel attached to the Union.

For now, it's time to keep the customer satisfied and start paying for all the updates.
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