Wednesday, August 23, 2006


OK, so we were hoping the lobby renovations would be finished by today.

Yes, today -- just in time for the welcoming reception for the new class of Park Scholars.

Unfortunately, the scholars are in the building, but the building remains something of a work in progress.....though I have to say, it's in one heck of a lot better shape than it was a week ago at this time, and the construction foreman says they'll be outta here by Thursday. Latest. (No, really.)

One of the flat screens on the left as you come into the lobby will present the event information we used to have on the single plasma screen in the lobby. The large screen will (eventually) serve as our digital Hall of Fame: a series of short documentaries of our most successful alumni, reported and produced by (who else?) our students! This fall, watch this space for information about applying to join a team of two that will travel to visit a top alumnus (Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, or Mark Romanek, video music producer, or Mike Royce, executive producer of HBO's Lucky Louie....nice road trip, eh?)

There also will be a series of flat screens on the far wall, where the photography cases used to be (across from the food cart). The faculty will make a decision in September about the kinds of content they would like to present on those screens, which will (in turn) determine the kinds of hardware we'll install. Some may be live Internet or cable feeds; others may be computer feeds. Once we know what we want to display, we'll buy and install the equipment.

The ceiling is....well, talk about a work in progress. The lights have apparently gone missing in Canada. (Don't even ask.) But if you think it doesn't look finished, that's because it isn't finished. We're working on it.

And last, but far from least, the food cart WILL be in operation on Monday. At this point, hours are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. I've asked Marriott about extending the evening hours, and they're more than willing to do that if the demand is there.

Please remember that the food cart will be in the lobby for this year only. In fall, 2007, we'll move the food service into Park 220, where we'll have a real Internet cafe, with chairs and windows and books to read. Oh, and food and the Internet, of course. The lobby location is designed just to establish for customers that there is food in the building -- before we move it down and around the corner.

Finally -- talk about facilities news! -- the digital photo lab was completed this summer; it's an extraordinary learning environment, state of the art in every way. And most of the classrooms got facelifts: new carpet, paint, etc. So we're clean, bright, fresh and ready to go for another year in the Park School.

Don't know about you, but I sure am looking forward to it.....


Anonymous celia said...

Hey Dianne! It would be great to see some photos posted of the revamped lobby -- for us alum who, sadly, had to rely on only the vending machines for food. Nevertheless, still miss Park and Ithaca.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous nate said...

I concur with celia wholeheartedly

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Kim Gregson said...

Here are some photos from the Park lobby - during the construction and the finished project.

3:12 PM  

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