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Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:47 pm

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http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/e...re_lafayette_dorm_plans_thes.html

Per this article the college is planning temporary dorms until the new construction is complete.  The dorms will be placed on March field and the Watson Courts parking lot.  This seems super ghetto.

Why don't we let 21 and 22 year old men and women live off campus instead of housing kids in temporary housing?

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Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:55 pm

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My wife noted Saturday how bad Watson Courts look, though in my day that was the equivalent of 59th and Park on the Hill.
I had a Tanqueray-inspired dream last year that the college bought the airport and created a truly new campus out there, linked by a shuttle. The caveat would be the potential for environmental remediation at the old field.
The airport may be doomed anyway, just don't tell the pilots. It's their cathedral, their Joe Paterno.
Unless FedEx really expands as planned around here, the former ABE will suffice for commercial and civil aviation.
I've flown out of Forks but I'm not crazy about sitting in anything smaller than an Embraer.
The planned trailer park wouldn't be around long. Perhaps the residents would get a room discount, a card table for outside, 16-ounce cans of Pabst and some Chinese lanterns.

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Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:27 am

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When the Univ. of Maryland has had housing shortages, they've used local hotels to provide extra housing.  I know there are no hotels in the immediate proximity of College Hill, but that seems like a better option to me.

Maybe I will be surprised if/when this happens, but I am picturing very cheap looking structures in two fairly prominent locations.  I can't imagine the impression that would give me if I was visiting campus as the parent of a prospective student.

Also, I remember when the Courts were the creme de la creme.  My, how times have changed.

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Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:43 am

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Is this until they finish the bad slope-side time share condos on McCartney Street?

So what do you do with the temporary dorms once you're "done?" Invite fraternities back to campus to occupy them? Turn them into on-campus community housing for disadvantaged Easton residents? Force the MLax team to live in them as punishment? Sell them to Lehigh? Host a tastefully satisfying, arson-themed bonfire?

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Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:17 pm

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leopard88 wrote:
Also, I remember when the Courts were the creme de la creme. My, how times have changed.


The Courts still seemed pretty "new" when I was on the Hill. They were in great demand (especially if your former residence was an Easton Hall triple). Still, a lot of people preferred a "slummy" rental on McCartney or Cattell.

Personally, I always thought Watson Courts looked too much like Lehigh's offensive Trembly Park dorms. I knew somebody from High School who lived there; that place is an eyesore even in the midst of ugliness - inside and out.

Trendy architecture just doesn't work at Lafayette. Millions have been spent remedying the mistakes of its 1960s brutalist phase (i.e., original Skillman Library; original APK Field House) and now its 1970s angular, loft-and-fixed-glass "modern" phase (Watson Courts).

At the risk of repeating myself ad nauseum, I just don't think "Time Share Ski Condo" is going to age well on College Hill.


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Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:18 pm

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Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Is this until they finish the bad slope-side time share condos on McCartney Street?


Sounds like Hill residents chose the design. Was the college plan more along the lines of the "dorm" on Cattell across from Pizza D'Oro?  

After criticism from residents, the college scrapped a plan for flat-roofed dorms and replaced them with pitched roofs, brick fronts and dormer windows. The dorms will be 53 feet tall, a tad shorter than the 55-foot-tall previous proposal.////

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/e...afayette_college_dorm_easton.html

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Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:24 pm

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Andy wrote:
Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Is this until they finish the bad slope-side time share condos on McCartney Street?


Sounds like Hill residents chose the design. Was the college plan more along the lines of the "dorm" on Cattell across from Pizza D'Oro?

After criticism from residents, the college scrapped a plan for flat-roofed dorms and replaced them with pitched roofs, brick fronts and dormer windows. The dorms will be 53 feet tall, a tad shorter than the 55-foot-tall previous proposal.////

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/e...afayette_college_dorm_easton.html


Instead of taking "design cues" from Gates and McKeen, why not just build Gates and McKeen? I dare them to go full-tilt and use individual dormers instead of shed dormers. Maybe even some high maintenance elements like cast iron railings and glazed window lights.


EDIT - As a reminder, those "vintage" street lamps surrounding the redesigned Quad are made of extruded plastic. Seems consistent with the current mindset. Why not just hire a contractor from Hackensack or Bethpage and vinyl side the entire campus? It'd be lovely, and just think of the low maintenance! Zero percent financing to qualified customers! Don't wait, call today!


EDIT 2 - Can Temporary Dorms be 3D printed?

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