By: Dace Freivalds
Judging from the high usage as well as comments on the whiteboards, the Collaboration Commons, Central Atrium and new Terrace have been extremely well received since the day they opened to students on August 22. As with any new construction, a number of questions have come up over the last few weeks. Responses to the questions are below. If you have additional questions, please send them to the Space Steering Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or attend the next Space Brown Bag from noon-1 p.m.on October 9, 2019 in the Dean’s Conference Room.
Q & A
Why didn’t the Libraries install the fancy Starbucks vending machines or the Smart Market machines like those in Career Services?
Our intent from the beginning was to install the “fancy” Starbucks vending machine. Unfortunately, Dave Gingher, Director of Campus Retail Dining and Campus Catering, has notified us that Starbucks is no longer making that machine due to functional problems.
What other vending machines are going into the Collaboration Commons?
We will install at least one more machine (two if they fit) opposite from the present vending machines. They will offer canned drinks (soda and Starbucks canned products). We expected delivery of the vending machines at the end of last week (week of September2), but they have not yet arrived. We will continue to reach out to Housing and Food Services for updates on this.
Will there be bathroom signs?
Yes, signs are coming that will make it easier to locate the restrooms in the Collaboration Commons.
Why didn’t they put a door release (power-assist) button inside the bathrooms like there is outside them?
This is how the previous bathrooms were set up. Alexander Construction will explore the cost of adding an internal, power-assist door release button. The bathrooms in the Knowledge Commons have both internal and external power-assist, door release buttons.
There seems to be poor ventilation in the bathrooms.
Alexander Construction evaluated the ventilation system and it has improved.
I’m concerned with the metal ramp near the bathrooms; somebody might trip.
Usually the ramp would be covered with carpet as it is in other parts of the building. With this being a tiled area, the ramp is exposed. Alexander Construction is exploring alternatives, and the ramps have been modified.
It seems strange that the automatic door at the West Pattee entrance is not the one that is closest to the door release button. Why is that?
We can’t make the door that is closest to the door release button be the automatic door since you would be hit by the door as it opens (if you haven’t moved away from the door release button in time). The automatic door is labeled so users are aware of which door will open. The closer speed of the door has been modified, and it will close within 15 seconds.
Can it be cooler in the Collaboration Commons on Mondays? It seems warm, especially in the Group Study Rooms.
Campus policy is to reduce the temperature in buildings over weekends as an energy saving measure. The set points are established by the Office of the Physical Plant (OPP), and the design and building are set to those standards.
Shouldn’t there be a railing on the first landing in the Atrium?
This landing was designed as an additional seating area. Students are able to sit on the platform as well as on the chairs in this area.
The pads on the chairs in the Atrium stick to the floor. Are these being replaced?
The pads are temporary until more permanent ones come from the furniture company. They were installed to lessen the noise of moving the chairs across the tile floor.
How do students reserve a group study room in the Collaboration Commons?
Students will use the same online reservation system, LibCal, as they have been using for other group study room reservations.. The group study rooms are numbered starting with a zero (W024, W025, etc.). They are also labeled as Collaboration Commons.
How will we reserve the Multi-Purpose Meeting Room?
Libraries faculty and staff will be able to reserve the Multi-Purpose meeting room via 25Live. We are in the process of finalizing the policy for the room’s use; once that is completed, the room will be added to 25Live.
Can the door to the vending machines opposite of Maps be removed? Or, be made easier for someone in a wheelchair?
The doors are rated and need to be in place to establish the appropriate fire separation between spaces. A request can be submitted for the installation of a door operator. Once submitted it will go to Disability Services for consideration for funding.
Will there be any more Space Brown Bags so that we can continue to get information about space initiatives?
Yes. Space Brown bags are scheduled for 2019: Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Dec. 11 and 2020: Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Mar. 4, Apr.8. All Space brown Bags will be in the Dean’s Conference Room (510A Paterno) from noon – 1 p.m.