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Old July 1st, 2008, 09:52 PM   #21
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[QUOTE=blazertke;22165561]another photo of the largest eyesore at usf. (magnolia towers)

I've seen the renderings of the finished product....looks a lot better than it does mid-construction.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 12:21 AM   #22
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No it has decent form, and looks like a current project of mine too

USF has always headed down the international style of building design. I think its FL Southern that has the Wright design direction, UT is a mish-mash of fifty different design styles, so I think USF is pretty nice. I especially like the Old Admin building, great mid-century design, good scale, very practicle layout. Though they are only accessory structures, the large tent sails near the UC (sorry Marshall Center) and new library look good and function great. The little beach and lake fountain were a great addition too.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 12:45 AM   #23
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another photo of the largest eyesore at usf. (magnolia towers)

I've seen the renderings of the finished product....looks a lot better than it does mid-construction.
if by chance youve got access to the renderings, you should post em. id like to see the disparity
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:25 PM   #24
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What is with those tiny-ass windows? Are we trying to encourage suicides by enforcing the 24-hr use of fluorescent lighting by occupants of these buildings?
Please do post final renderings if you can, because as it is this looks neo-brutalist.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 07:59 PM   #25
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it seems as though the project is part of the socialist agenda to destory all individual identity and creativity, in hopes of producing robots to blindly serve its needs.

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Old July 4th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #26
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Nah, it was simply value engineered to the lowest common denominator.
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Old November 7th, 2008, 02:31 PM   #27
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USF Students Might Face New Tech Fee

USF Students Might Face New Tech Fee

By ADAM EMERSON

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Published: November 7, 2008

University of South Florida trustees will soon consider making students pay a fee to help bankroll technology upgrades.

Lawmakers last fall empowered Florida's public universities to levy a fee of up to 5 percent of the tuition students pay per credit hour. USF administrators are asking trustees to approve the maximum amount, which would add about $122 on an annual undergraduate tuition bill of $3,990 at the Tampa campus.

That extra amount, however, won't be covered by the state's popular Bright Futures Scholarship, which pays for tuition and fees depending on a student's high school grades and test scores.
USF students will have to cover the cost themselves. There was no previous fee to support technology upgrades, and Florida's public universities have long argued the need to turn to students for help.

Several student and faculty committees will recommend how to use the money, but Michael Pearce, USF's vice president of information technology, said the money could be spent on computer lab upgrades and wireless expansion.

The fee would generate $5.2 million for USF in the 2009-10 fiscal year.

A work group of trustees will discuss the proposal at a Thursday meeting, and the full board will consider it in December.

Reporter Adam Emerson can be reached at (813) 2...

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/nov...ee/news-metro/
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Old November 9th, 2008, 07:45 PM   #28
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USF is the cheapest state university of the big 4.
No one can complain about that.
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Old November 9th, 2008, 09:24 PM   #29
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Yeah, but they're cutting costs every way they can.

Not to mention, they're capping enrollment like crazy.
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Old November 11th, 2008, 02:59 PM   #30
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What an energy hog!

USF Utility Costs Rise With Center

By ADAM EMERSON

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Published: November 11, 2008

TAMPA - It may be the campus crown jewel, but the new Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida is a drain on utilities.

Electric, air conditioning and water bills have collectively quadrupled from this time last year, according to university records.

If energy costs continue to increase, administrators may seek a larger share of student fees to pay for them, which means other student activities could lose out.

The 233,000-square-foot student union opened in late August and is double the size of the old Marshall Center.

Its popularity with students has exceeded expectations, said Jennifer Meningall, the university's vice president of student affairs.

It takes a lot to electrify and cool all that square footage. USF paid $103,506 for electric, air conditioning, water and sewage needs in September, the first full month the student center was open. That was a 388 percent increase from the $21,211 the university paid at the old Marshall Center in September 2007.

The university supports the Marshall Student Center with the activity fees students pay annually. Administrators last month asked trustees to increase those fees by 52 cents a credit hour, which tacks $7 on an average student's tuition bill each semester.

That money only generates a half-million dollars, and it won't be collected for months.

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Old November 11th, 2008, 09:40 PM   #31
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^ Well, duh. The new building is twice the size, plus the central food court is a 3 or 4 story open atrium, which costs $ to air condition.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 03:53 PM   #32
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 10:49am EDT | Modified: Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 11:06am
University of South Florida to dedicate Marshall Student Center
Tampa Bay Business Journal

The University of South Florida is scheduled to dedicate its new Marshall Student Center Wednesday.

The 233,000-square-foot, four-story center has a 57-foot central atrium, a food court, restaurants, offices, a 1,100-seat ballroom, formal conference rooms, meeting rooms, a computer lab, student organization spaces, lounges, eating areas and a 700-seat theater.

Designed by GouldEvans/Sasaki, the building was constructed four feet from the previous Marshall Center that was demolished to make way for an enhanced plaza serving as a continuation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza.

The exterior of the new center combines glass, aluminum, brick and copper panels with a hydrated lime stucco coating overlooking the street entrance. Outside the center there is a large topiary bull and a plaza where an amphitheater and other hard and soft spaces are available for formal and informal gatherings.

About 12,500 tons of crushed concrete from the demolished Special Events Center were reused in the $65 million student center, a release said.

Also used: 4,570 gallons of paint in 16 colors; 8,700 cubic yards of solid concrete (enough to fill 122 swimming pools); 450,000 square feet of drywall (enough to cover 10 acres of land); 2,540 tons of steel, which is equivalent to the weight of 846 Hummer SUVs; and 37,000 square feet of copper panels. In addition, the building features 542 doors and uses 1,400 light bulbs.

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Old April 16th, 2009, 05:36 PM   #33
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Its a really nice looking building. I was impressed when I was down three months ago. Did a little shopping at the bookstore, checked out the campus and was very proud of what the school is like now.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 10:59 PM   #34
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Yeah it looks good...
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Old May 1st, 2009, 02:31 PM   #35
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USF to install emergency sirens

Now hear this: Emergency sirens coming to USF's main campus

By Richard Danielson, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Friday, May 1, 2009

TAMPA — If the University of South Florida is ever the scene of a Virginia Tech-style rampage, students and staffers will be alerted by eight emergency sirens around campus.

The sirens, a throwback to the civil defense warning systems of the Cold War, are being installed now. Next week, people on campus could hear chimes or brief voice messages as wires are connected.

"They're placed so that they cover 100 percent of the campus at a high enough decibel level that it'll give a good outdoor warning," said Bruce Benson, USF's interim assistant vice president for public safety.

The sirens are an example of the emergency notification systems that more and more college campuses are adopting in the wake of the April 16, 2007, massacre at Virginia Tech University. That day, 33 people, including the shooter, died in the deadliest attack by a single gunman in U.S. history.

"One of these things could happen at any time, and they happen all over the country," Benson said. The probability of an attack is low, but "the potential for harm is very high in the unlikely event that it does hit your community, so police agencies have to be ready."

The siren system cost about $200,000. Each of its stations has a siren, strobe light and loudspeaker and is capable of sending out a loud warning noise, followed by a very short message, such as "Tornado headed this way; seek shelter," Benson said.

"This thing is meant to be the first outdoor warning," he said.

Additional information would be available through text messages, the school's Web site, e-mail or digital display screens on campus.

The sirens are only being installed on USF's Tampa campus, but the text-messaging service, known as Mo-Bull, covers more than 50,700 students, faculty members and staff members on all of USF's campuses.

That's partly because some students take courses on more than one campus, USF spokeswoman Lara Wade said. And when a message is sent out, it says which campus is affected.

The text-message alerts have already been put to use at least a half-dozen times, Benson said. Earlier this week, one went out about a possible chemical spill at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. It turned out someone had gotten acetone on his or her skin, and an all-clear went out very soon after.

Last summer, Benson said, a similar alert went out that a young man was spotted carrying an assault rifle near Cooper Hall. That turned out to be an ROTC student who was leaving a training exercise carrying a realistic-looking plastic replica of a military weapon.

In addition to installing the warning system, USF's Tampa campus has begun giving its police officers tactical training on how to respond to an "active shooter" on campus.

The standard response used to be surround the building, call in a hostage negotiator and go from there, Benson said.

"All that went out the window with Columbine and Virginia Tech and some other places," Benson said. Now law enforcement is trained to "go in and try to resolve the situation before anyone gets hurt."

That training has already been put to use. Just after Halloween, a university employee spotted two people sitting in a car, one of them holding what looked like a pistol.

Police responded and were able to find one of the people from the car in a classroom. In that case, it turned out the gun was fake, part of a Halloween costume, and had been left in the car.

But, Benson said, "the officers responded as if it were an active shooter."

A public demonstration of the siren system is planned for the fall when students return.

Adam Thermos, a Massachusetts-based security consultant whose clients include scores of universities nationwide, said the use of emergency notice systems has become widespread in the two years since the Virginia Tech massacre.

When using emergency alerts, he said, it's important to make sure the campus community is educated about what they mean and practices responding to them appropriately and consistently, just like for fire drills.

"Otherwise, it's not going to work," he said. "Kids are going to be nuts in the beginning and then they're going to say, 'More of the same. I'm not going to respond.' "

Richard Danielson can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 269-5311.


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Old May 2nd, 2009, 01:18 AM   #36
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UCF did this almost 2 months ago.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:14 PM   #37
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Since my first term at USF is done, I'd thought I'd give my insight into the Marshall Center. Basically, I love it! It is very inviting to the students compared to the old building and there are many neat ammenities, including the ballroom, theater, food court, conference rooms, and computer labs. Personally, I like the computer labs and the food court, though I don't buy from the food court alot cause the prices are a bit expensive for my budget. But overall, I like the new Marshall Center, and I hope all the students are able to appreciate everything they have on campus.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:16 PM   #38
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The Buildings of USF Tampa

I was thinking that since my first term at USF is done, how I would like to have some insight into some of the many buildings on the USF Tampa Campus. I've commented on the Marshall Center and how neat it is for all the students. But I also think there are many improvements to be made throughout the next several years. I also understand that there are still a couple major development projects occuring on campus.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 12:20 AM   #39
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I just can't wait until the new Architecture Hall gets built, whenever that may be
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I saw it when I was on a tour of the USF campus, and Sickles High just had our Homecoming dance there as well. It does a good job of giving the campus a center that desperately needed one.
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