Campus construction continues

 

A big part of current College Life for students at DU is the construction around campus. The University of Denver was founded in 1864, and is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain Region. The university celebrated their sesquicentennial anniversary in 2014 and takes pride in the predominantly brick buildings and updated construction around campus. Lately, though, some big changes have begun to be implemented.

There are two buildings currently in construction, one as an addition to the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the other as an extension of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. These buildings are being constructed on existing campus property and therefore produce noise that students can hear almost constantly throughout the day in nearby locations.

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Construction on the new engineering building near Lamont.

The Engineering and Computer Science building neighbors Olin Hall Science building, and the addition to the International Studies building, the Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex is next to JMac, Nagel and Nelson dormitories and the Beta fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority houses, as well as classrooms. Lindsay Miner, an undeclared sophomore, Stefan Schluter, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering and Collin Hearrell, a junior musical performance major, live within the vicinity of these buildings and have classes near them, which creates a noise disruption at all times.

“I would close my windows but it’s too warm so I have to keep them open, so I hear the construction everyday,” said Hearrel, who lives in the Beta house.

Not only does the construction distract students from studying during the day, it interrupts their sleeping time as well– sacred territory among college students.

“You wake up in the morning and there’s just pounding going on at 7 a.m.,” said Schluter.

Besides causing a noise distraction, as previously mentioned in the interviews, the construction creates an interruption of pathways that many students use to get to and from buildings. This can become a hassle, particularly in between classes when students are crunched for time.

“It definitely has added a lot of time to get to class, especially since the engineering building is right over there, to take groceries, you know it’s a lot more walking and it’s a lot more of a hassle then it should be,” said Schluter.

Students walk around JMac in an effort to avoid construction.

Students walk around JMac in an effort to avoid construction.

This is also seen with the closing off of various sidewalks and the makeshift pathways created. Miner, Schluter and Hearrell live in areas that require stepping on the landscape in order to get to pathways, which can become increasingly muddy depending on the season, or weather that week. This has particularly been an issue the past few weeks with the near constant rain on campus.

“We have to like walk all the way around JMAC to get to class… I don’t even know when it’s supposed to be done, but whenever that is I’ll be happy,” said Miner.

Currently, the buildings are projected to be finished spring of 2016 with the Engineering Building available for student use fall 2016. As of this year, 2/3rd of DU’s buildings have been built in the past 20 years, and the other 1/3rd has gone through major renovations to bring them up to code.

In addition to these buildings, DU plans to update Driscoll and the Media Film and Journalism Studies building, formerly known as the Mass Communications building.

2 Responses to Campus construction continues

  • Lucy Constantino
    Lucy Constantino says:

    Nice work, guys! Your project played like an actual news piece which is awesome! I liked the multiple interviews you got, the b-roll was nicely edited and went with what the interviewees were saying (and the audio added to the ambience of your story really well). Your audio was really good too, which is surprising considering we had to shoot with iPads and you guys were at a construction site. Great job!

  • Morgan Murphy
    Morgan Murphy says:

    your audio and visual match up pretty perfectly! your B-roll and interviews work very well together. I know y’all were concerned about the beeping noise but I think it adds to the story. You used the rule of thirds very well in your interviews and the sound volume on the interviews was done well too. I cant wait to see your second video! We have high hopes. Good job!

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