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Re: Florida State University

Unread post by stjoe » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:03 am

tricknole wrote:
thedoorlatch wrote:
tricknole wrote:I have zero objection to them razing the house.
yea historical buildings suck i hate them too
Limited historical significance. Limited value to FSU as it currently stood. Nobody even knew that thing existed until a few months ago and nobody will care that it's gone.

Not everything that's old needs to be preserved.
This is accurate.

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Re: Florida State University

Unread post by stjoe » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:05 am

LCpro wrote:The price of the land is a direct result of the Boosters getting involved in college town. Now, FSU - or the tax payers of Florida I should say- can't afford any land within a square mile because the Boosters/College town developer is (over)paying $40/SF to build apartments and bars that there are already plenty of. This isn't a "NIMBY" issue; this is exactly what I and others said would happen if the Boosters got involved in College Town - 80%+ the land that was planned for the next 25+ years of University expansion is now improved with apartments, bars and vacant retail spaces. Yes, it looks nice; much better than the old industrial improvements. That doesn't change the fact that a large percentage of that land was marked for future school expansion over an extended period of time. This was my biggest concern - few people wanted to consider the problems that would arise for FSU if all the surrounding land got developed. Now we have just paid two and a half million dollars for what amounts to a parking lot just over a half acre in size.
So FSU is the bad guy because it improved the area? Insanity. The price off FSU being successful is more expensive land. Shocking.

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Unread post by UrbanDesign » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:19 pm

Now now folks settle down

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Unread post by downtownster » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:51 pm

There are a few old houses and such FSU has recently demolished. Its possible they could have had a lottery and given the winner the house provided they move it by date certain and have a viable property to move it to enter the lottery. Some here will say that's dumb. Trust me that is done in many other communities with a historic preservation mindset. I have a property in another city and state and Ive seen whole 1890 houses streaming by on a truck in the middle of the night on the way to a new life and use.

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Re: Florida State University

Unread post by StrikerObi » Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:09 pm

I'm honestly surprised they tore it down because in the facilities meeting earlier this year where they announced the purchase, they mentioned that they hoped to keep it preserved.

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Re: Florida State University

Unread post by tricknole » Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:53 am

FSU Meteorology alumni/students really standing out in all this Irma discussion.

Ryan Maue ‏Verified account @RyanMaue Sep 6
Florida State University alumni (& current grads) noted w/ Hurricane #Irma coverage @MichaelRLowry @TropicalTidbits

Link to the tweet:
https://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/905635057641062404

Link to the NYT article embedded in the tweet which highlights several FSU-trained meteorologists:
https://t.co/eodSCwqOHF

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I stumbled across Ryan Maue and Tropical Tidbits (Levi Cowan) several days ago and found them to be quite the worthwhile follow. Pleasantly surprised when I later realized they had FSU ties.

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Re: Florida State University

Unread post by seminole » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:23 pm

Florida State University has jumped to No. 33 among national public universities in the U.S. News & World Report rankings after moving up five places for the second consecutive year.
http://www.fsu.edu/

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Re: Florida State University

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tricknole wrote:FSU Meteorology alumni/students really standing out in all this Irma discussion.

Ryan Maue ‏Verified account @RyanMaue Sep 6
Florida State University alumni (& current grads) noted w/ Hurricane #Irma coverage @MichaelRLowry @TropicalTidbits

Link to the tweet:
https://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/905635057641062404

Link to the NYT article embedded in the tweet which highlights several FSU-trained meteorologists:
https://t.co/eodSCwqOHF

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I stumbled across Ryan Maue and Tropical Tidbits (Levi Cowan) several days ago and found them to be quite the worthwhile follow. Pleasantly surprised when I later realized they had FSU ties.

FSU has long been one of the benchmark graduate meteorology programs nationally for decades, especially when it comes to the tropics and hurricanes. There are also a number of broadcast meteorologists with FSU ties as well, especially among national channels like The Weather Channel.

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Re: Florida State University

Unread post by StrikerObi » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:43 am

music4life85 wrote:FSU has long been one of the benchmark graduate meteorology programs nationally for decades, especially when it comes to the tropics and hurricanes. There are also a number of broadcast meteorologists with FSU ties as well, especially among national channels like The Weather Channel.
Yep. Janice Huff, the chief meteorologist for WNBC New York, NBC's flagship station, is an FSU alum.

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Re: Florida State University

Unread post by seminole » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:09 pm

FSU is teaming up with the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency to create an Airport Gateway Project into downtown Tallahassee. The corridor (includes Lake Bradford, part of FSU's property in the SW campus, Stuckey/Roberts linking to FAMU Way) is expected to enhance FSU development of a SW District.

Springhill Road will get some upgrades also, but will be four-laned at a later time when the traffic count warrants expansion.

The plan has been discussed before, but now there is approval to move forward with implementing the vision:

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2 ... 101567286/

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Re: Florida State University

Unread post by StrikerObi » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:39 pm

Glad to see some SW campus development. Now if it REALLY takes off, you know what I'd like to see? A monorail or other raised-rail to quickly shuttle students between the two campuses. Put one end somewhere in the SW campus, and the other end right at Doak. It'd also be awesome for football games. People could park out at the SW campus and take the rail right to Doak - just like how Disney runs parking at the Magic Kingdom.

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Unread post by stjoe » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:20 pm

seminole wrote:FSU is teaming up with the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency to create an Airport Gateway Project into downtown Tallahassee. The corridor (includes Lake Bradford, part of FSU's property in the SW campus, Stuckey/Roberts linking to FAMU Way) is expected to enhance FSU development of a SW District.

Springhill Road will get some upgrades also, but will be four-laned at a later time when the traffic count warrants expansion.

The plan has been discussed before, but now there is approval to move forward with implementing the vision:

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2 ... 101567286/
Very excited and much needed (Tally looks bad to those leaving the airport). Deserves it's own thread.

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Unread post by chudan » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:41 pm

I would agree. Just wish they went the Springhill Road route instead as the priority because it appears to be the more straightforward build.

The Lake B, SW campus, Stu/Rob, FAMU Way concept seems like an awfully circuitous route to get to the airport as a gateway corridor. And if memory serves me right Lake B South is an environmental battle ground for any degree of expansion. Whereas Springhill is a straight run from Lake Bradford and could have a smooth flowing interchange built into the next Cap Circ SW widening.

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Re: Florida State University

Unread post by seminole » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:12 pm

Springhill Road will get an upgrade, but traffic data has shown that Lake Bradford Rd is the preferred route from the airport to downtown. Also, FSU wants to better connect airport traffic to its new developments which will be (and is) occurring in the southwest campus. There will also be a lot of activity occurring along the Orange Avenue corridor to help increase development in and around Innovation Park.

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Re: Florida State University

Unread post by StrikerObi » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:25 am

seminole wrote:Springhill Road will get an upgrade, but traffic data has shown that Lake Bradford Rd is the preferred route from the airport to downtown. Also, FSU wants to better connect airport traffic to its new developments which will be (and is) occurring in the southwest campus. There will also be a lot of activity occurring along the Orange Avenue corridor to help increase development in and around Innovation Park.
One thing that's always bugged me about the airport signage is that if you take Lake Bradford Rd, the signs tell you to stay on Orange all the way until you get to Cap Circle, which is a really long route. Why don't the signs tell drivers to turn off Orange at S Lake Bradford Rd?

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Re: Florida State University

Unread post by tricknole » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:07 pm

    StrikerObi wrote:Glad to see some SW campus development. Now if it REALLY takes off, you know what I'd like to see? A monorail or other raised-rail to quickly shuttle students between the two campuses. Put one end somewhere in the SW campus, and the other end right at Doak. It'd also be awesome for football games. People could park out at the SW campus and take the rail right to Doak - just like how Disney runs parking at the Magic Kingdom.
    A bus will work.

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    Unread post by StrikerObi » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:09 am

    tricknole wrote:A bus will work.
    Yeah but that's not fun!


    Anyway, I was at yesterday's FSU Facilities Design & Construction "quarterly" update (it's actually held about twice a year). Nothing major to report since they are in the tail-end phase of lots of projects right now but here's what I got.

    - FSU completed land swap with the city. FSU traded the Firestone/Bloxham properties for the empty land just south of the Civic Center (bounded by St Augustine, Macomb, Gaines, and Railroad). This allows the city to develop near Cascades, and gives FSU land for a future College of Business.

    - FSU acquired a 40 acre property in Lynn Haven FL, an old fuel depot. It's right on the gulf, and they figure it may be used for research by the Panama City campus.

    - FSU completed purchase of 2139 Maryland Court, and has also purchased a commercial condo in the basement level (directly on Bronough St) of Kleman Plaza.

    - The Carraway building will need to lose it's lecture hall as a result of the Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences building going up. There's just not enough room for it since it butts up to Woodward Ave and that corner will have drastically increased pedestrian traffic once EOAS is finished. Long-term, they want to demolish Carraway anyway since it's old - but that plan is maybe 20 years out right now.

    - Moran School building downtown now has a Dec 15 finish date. It was pushed back by about a month because the roof needed to be redone which was not initially expected.

    Apart from EOAS, the only other really major project on the table right now that actually has funding is the new student union. Here are some updates on that

    - The new Oglesby Union project has architects! It's a collaboration between Lewis+Whitlock and a firm called Workshop out of Milwaukee that specializes in student unions. This is pretty exciting. You can see Workshop's previous works at http://www.workshoparchitects.com/projects/

    - The new Union project is slated for $52M but they are starting to think that to do it right they'll actually need $100-$120M.

    - Phase 1A of the new union puts a new building up where the current Union Green is, referred to as the "student life pavilion". This building would be four levels and would contain a new Club Downunder (lower level), student involvement space and CDU balcony (first level), more student involvement space (second level), and the art center, SGA senate chamber, and admin space (third level)

    - Phase 1B is a new building that cuts across (running North-South) the current Union plaza, roughly where The Bridge Lounge is right now. It's referred to as "The Gathering". It contains: a sports grille (lower level), coffee lounge (first level), new Kretzman Lounge (second level), and rooftop garden space (third level).

    - Future phases would sit on top of the current Union building parcel and contain a new Crenshaw Lanes, food court, ballroom space, retail, and more programming space.

    - Moore Auditorium is staying for now. It just got retrofitted with new seats and finishings so it doesn't look like a total dump anymore.

    As always, you can see the full powerpoint presentation from the meeting (all 86 slides) at https://www.facilities.fsu.edu/depts/designConstr/

    EDIT: I forgot some stuff

    - Suwanee Dining Hall is going down for refurb soon, I believe with plans to reopen in May.

    - The other main dining hall, formerly known as Fresh Food Co and currently known as the Seminole Cafe, is going down for refurb this summer. When it re-opens it'll be known as the "Seminole Test Kitchen" and will be where they test out new recipes. The best dishes (as voted on by diners) will find their way to other locations on campus. The two dining hall refurbs total about $10M on a shared budget.

    - Howser Stadium is getting a new giant video board which should hopefully be done by January in time for the start of baseball season.

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    Unread post by seminole » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:23 pm

    Very detailed updates - thanks for the info.

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    Unread post by stjoe » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:13 am

    Always love this info Striker, thanks.

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    Unread post by florida » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:28 am

    ^ I echo the thanks to Striker for the update(s) above! :D

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    Unread post by LCpro » Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:49 pm

    StrikerObi wrote:
    tricknole wrote:A bus will work.
    Yeah but that's not fun!


    Anyway, I was at yesterday's FSU Facilities Design & Construction "quarterly" update (it's actually held about twice a year). Nothing major to report since they are in the tail-end phase of lots of projects right now but here's what I got.


    - FSU completed purchase of 2139 Maryland Court,
    Just curious, did they say what this was for?

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    Unread post by tweeter » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:14 pm

    LCpro wrote:
    Just curious, did they say what this was for?

    There's a new map that shows land acquisitions. According to the map the building will be anthropology and library storage. FSU doesn't seem to like the anthropology department.

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    Unread post by StrikerObi » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:32 am

    Anthropology's actually not moving out to Maryland Ct. At the meeting last week I heard the new plan is to move them to Innovation Park. I don't understand why they can't just find space on campus somewhere. It's kinda ridiculous that they've been off-campus for so long now.

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    Unread post by seminole » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:27 pm

    seminole wrote:Springhill Road will get an upgrade, but traffic data has shown that Lake Bradford Rd is the preferred route from the airport to downtown. Also, FSU wants to better connect airport traffic to its new developments which will be (and is) occurring in the southwest campus. There will also be a lot of activity occurring along the Orange Avenue corridor to help increase development in and around Innovation Park.
    http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2 ... 717969001/

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    Re: Florida State University

    Unread post by seminole » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:37 pm

    FSU announced Wednesday it received $35.8 million in NIH money through Sept. 30. That is more than double the $15.7 million the university received for the federal fiscal year 2013.

    Also Wednesday, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory said it has been awarded a $5.8 million grant from the NIH to create a National Institutes of Health Biomedical Technology Resource Center.
    http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2 ... 732649001/

    http://news.fsu.edu/news/university-new ... h-funding/

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