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Williams Website – Home Page, 2. Numero uno (in a small school way), baby! Show me your SAT!!!

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#1 Comment By frank uible On April 3, 2018 @ 4:59 am

Let us wait to see how the campus looks when the dust settles, presuming that it will settle in some not unreasonable time frame.

#2 Comment By ambrosius aurelianus On April 3, 2018 @ 1:49 pm

As I understand it, they have building projects planned out for the next three or four decades. When all of that dust settles we’ll doubtless need a new round of construction.

#3 Comment By PTC On April 3, 2018 @ 1:50 pm

Frank- Field house, New Museum, New Dorms, etc.

Maybe we should talk in about five years- about the next projects under construction, once they are done with the next projects that will soon be under construction.

Not to be confused with the projects following that, or all the previous projects such as Baxter, the Theater, the New Library, the parking garage… etc. etc. etc.

The center of Williamstown (otherwise known as the corporation formerly known as Williams College) is a construction site, nothing more.

#4 Comment By PTC On April 3, 2018 @ 1:54 pm

ambrosius aurelianus;

Yes, we can talk about it in heaven. We’ll be long dead before this stuff ends. Forget about cien anos de Soledad… this is the year of the dozer in our current 100 years of nuisance. Next year will be the year of backhoe. Then, the year of the jackhammer.

#5 Comment By ZSD On April 3, 2018 @ 3:37 pm


For those with an interest in city planning …


… it gets out of hand here as well.

#6 Comment By frank uible On April 3, 2018 @ 6:11 pm

What can be done about this interminable construction? If nothing, then we all should shut up, lie back and enjoy it.

#7 Comment By Doug On April 3, 2018 @ 11:50 pm

It’s so grating to hear people complaining about construction all the time. It’s a sign of a financially healthy campus, and we have buildings that sorely required updating. Sure, the construction of New Sawyer and destruction of Old Sawyer was a drag in terms of sightliness and noise pollution, but the end result is stunning.

It’s not an interesting take to complain about construction alone. Nobody is saying construction is wonderful, it’s all about the end goal. The petty concerns about the environmental impact tend to overlook the fact that the new buildings are extremely more energy efficient than their predecessors and built within very strict environmental guidelines to minimize local pollution and impact.

That being said, DDF I loved that report you posted about construction at Williams. I think most people would be surprised that so much of these projects is funded by putting the college into debt. Beyond debt, I was also surprised the extent to which major donors are neccessary. When people hear we have a 2.5 billion dollar endowment, it’s easy to assume the college dips into those funds for these projects. But that’s far from the truth: the college puts itself into debt, jeopardizing the college’s future solvency, and relies heavily on individuals for just about every project.

#8 Comment By myrddin emrys On April 4, 2018 @ 8:55 am

If the new buildings were beautiful, I would agree that the complaints would be gratuitous. However, the rear of the library (which students rarely see, I assume), the bookstore, and the new science building look more like corporate centers than part of a small-town college.

Having said all that, I do like the idea that we will have another new building to critique every year from now until the end of Ephdom. (It makes for a better Ephblog, at least).

#9 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On April 4, 2018 @ 9:21 am

> That being said, DDF I loved that report you posted about construction at Williams.

You should join EphBlog as an author and give us a tour of that report.