Folwell Today

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Have you seen Folwell since it reopened? The historic features are still there, but it's now ready for the 21st century. If you can't see it in person enjoy these photos instead.


Folwell Reopening Celebration

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It was a beautiful sunny day! Regents Chair Linda Cohen, President Eric Kaler, and Dean Jim Parente cut the ribbon. Students, staff and faculty played games on the lawn. Cool demonstrations were conducted indoors. Welcome back, Folwell!

Moving In

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The move into Folwell began this week. Most of the furniture is in place, and the good people of NTS are making the final connections for phones and computers. The space is really enlivened by the bright furnishings--upholstery in crayon bright greens and blues and oranges. The demountable walls are really nice, and the offices have sliding doors reminiscent of being in a Japanese restaurant. Students will love their new spaces.

Two months from the finish--New Folwell photos

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With Folwell on schedule to be completed by August 1, the building is abuzz with electricians, elevator guys, plasterers and painters, finishers, carpenters, and more. Its bones have been covered back over, and its best new features--bathrooms, elevators, classrooms, air conditioning--are emerging.

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Folwell Remodel Photos, February 2011

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For witty and descriptive captions view these photos on Facebook (search Folwell Hall) or click through to Flickr.


Folwell remodel photos, September 2010

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Here are some photos of Folwell from September 7, 2010. Demolition is complete on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. There has also been extensive excavation underneath the building to accommodate better crawl spaces and new elevator shafts. Click on any image for more information.

Final days of the move

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As of today, everyone is moved out of Folwell! Abatement has begun on the fourth floor. Here are a few more pics from the last days of the move out.

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Here's what's left of the Spanish & Portuguese office.

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As the building is emptied, extra steps are taken to protect the historic woodwork and flooring. This is the entrance to the GSD library.

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This room was the GSD library. It looks kind of different when it's empty!

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Here's one of the hard-working movers on the ground floor.

Moving Day(s)

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The move has begun! Large furniture is being moved off the 4th floor. Some windows along the southeast side are being removed so furniture can be moved out via forklift. Instead of students, the hallways are now full of boxes.

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There are still lots of great finds outside the GSD library. Treasure troves of old maps, posters and books can be found in the hallways throughout the building.

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The Spanish and Portuguese department is in the thick of packing. They move out next week.

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Workers from McGough are readying these windows on the SE side of the building. Lots of Folwell furnishings will be moved out through these windows, placed in a big bin, and lowered by forklift.

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This is the 3rd floor classroom where the furnishings will be loaded onto the forklift. They will add a ramp to this platform to speed up the emptying of the building.

That's a number reported in the New York Times on May 2. According to a new Census Bureau report, of the nation's 281 million people who are 5 or older, 55.4 million speak a language other than English at home. Of those, 34.5 million speak Spanish; 2.5 million speak Chinese; more than a million each speak Tagalog, French, Korean and German.

The move has begun

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Some offices in Folwell have already begun moving out of the building. The move will begin in earnest after World Languages Day is over, on Wednesday, May 19. Stop by to watch the clever forklift-rolloff container-ramp apparatus that will help move out furniture via a third-floor window.

If you are wondering where all of the Folwell offices will be located for the remodeling year, download relocation details (PDF).