I’m not working in Facilities any more and I’m not working in Eugene now either. Life at main campus is but a murky, muddled memory — a confusing, cognitive cacophony of massive equipment, power tools, bells, alarms and alerts — and turkey calls.
In fact, I’m not quite sure why my old friends in Facilities Management and Planning asked me to write this update. I can’t imagine it will go well. I work on the lovely, serene, Oregon coast at the LCC Florence Center now.
Well, here goes: Dead week — why do they call it dead week? Is it because the plaza between the Center Building and Buildings 2 and 3 looks a lot like Death Valley right now while people risk life and limb to get anywhere near the Titan Store?
Sadly, the Titan Store has become an island of isolation that is nearly impossible to reach. This happiness will continue for some time to come because there’s still no first floor access to the north elevator in the Center Building, and the ATMs are still out of commission.
The Center Building fourth floor will not be available for classes during summer months. However, division offices will (more or less) remain open, and some (but not all — and not all the time) faculty offices will be open.
Routes across campus will be ever-changing and sometimes getting worse. If there’s going to be a major change, Jennifer Hayward, associate director of Facilities Management and Planning, will send out a campus-wide notice.
The latest, greatest, updated maps will always be available for the asking.
If you’re hungry over summer term, you’ll be happy to know we will definitely have the food truck going (except for the couple of weeks from August 13 through August 31) — and we are still finalizing a second campus location for awesome chow served up by our Food Services team.
Unless we hit a wormhole or find ourselves in the film Groundhog Day, fall term will come — eventually. And when it does, these new food venues are ready to rock your taste buds:
• LimeFresh: With south-of-the-border inspired recipes, this venue focuses on the vibrant and bold flavors of the Latin world.
• B & D’s Country Kitchen: For all you diehard “Thanksgiving Thursday” fans, this is for you. All of the best, classic recipes from LCC Foodservice over the past 30 years is what you want — and it’s what you’ll get right here.
• Raw Berry: All-raw fruits, vegetables, juices and smoothies, along with a delectable selection of fresh soups, sandwiches and salads. Yum!
• Five Spice: Asian fusion wok cooking, with recipes from China, India and all points in between.
• Stonefire: Imagine an Italian pizzeria and delicatessen centered around a warm and wonderful wood stone oven. Sign me up!
• Crush Burger: Do you like your burgers hot, fresh and local? Then you’re going to love Crush Burger’s sustainably-sourced selections!
• Blenders. Same great coffee, awesome new location on the second floor, with expanded bakery and deli offerings.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry!
Fall term our lovely-but-lonely Titan Store will be orphaned no more. The day is coming, friend, when you shall be able to meander through the remarkable new plaza and enter the Titan Store from the actual entry!
You may know that almost all of the library books have stayed in their place in the Center Building throughout the project. Imagine the tales they could tell. Their surroundings are rapidly shaping up, and they will soon be the centerpiece of a brand spankin’ new library, commons and super-cool study nooks and conference rooms.
Somehow, someday we will be able to access both the north and south elevators in the Center Building — and they will actually work! But wait — there’s more: there will be a glittering new west elevator to whisk you hither and yon.
Enjoy the world’s coolest, hippest dining experience in the completely new, thoroughly redesigned Renaissance Room with a whole gob full of new, improved safety features — including external mass communications so we can all hear emergency alerts campus-wide!
Okay. Let’s get real. I love it here in Florence, and I don’t mind missing all the dust, destruction and dissonance of the final push to reach the finish line there on main campus this summer.
I know all too well that this coming fall, my mind will often wander to a lovely little land nestled between two rivers, and to a place along 30th Avenue, hitherto known for its tornadoes and its turkeys, but which henceforth shall be famed as a gleaming edifice of education and a shining sanctuary of sustainability.
Curse you, main campus — I see now it is you who will get the last laugh.
Food truck location(s) can be found at: lanecc.edu/food.