The Barn Project
See the Barn Archive for a comprehensive document on everything done up until Spring 2013.
In the fall of 2011, President Jonathan Lash tasked the Rehamping club, staff, faculty and administration with re-purposing and moving a three-horse barn located on his property to campus. Rehamping, the club focused on making spaces on campus more efficient for students, has willingly spearheaded the project ever since.
What’s been done?
The first goal of The Barn Project was to compile a comprehensive list of current spatial needs on campus. Even if the barn can’t meet all the needs presented to us, unmet needs will still be included in the final document that comes out of this process in the hopes that they’ll be met in the future. Spatial needs were proposed by various community members, who were asked to submit proposals in December of 2011. The proposals were written with these questions in mind. Rehamping members spent January 2012 holding community meetings and speaking with proposal writers to find the common threads that linked each idea during various workshops.
This PDF (1/26/12) includes the proposals themselves, supplements that strengthen each proposal that came out of our January workshops, and graphics that visually convey topics discussed immediately following the January workshops.
In Spring of 2012, an architecture studio course led by UMASS professor Caryn Brause was created. Primarily, it was composed of Rehamping members, though it was open to all. Its purpose: select from the list of above proposals a programming purpose for the Barn and start designing accordingly. Their work can be found here on their class blog.
In order to effectively document the work gone into the project so far, and ensure its future documentation, rehampers Hester Tittmann, and RJ Sakai created an archive over the Summer of 2012, which is still being added to.
Fall of 2012, the Barn Practicum Independent Study was tasked with coming up with a schematic design for the “barn.” Composed of seven students, they collaborated not only with each other, but with the larger community, and groups directly impacted spatially by the creation of the “Barn.” Students forming part of the Independent Study included: Julie Pedtke, Christopher Love, Hester Tittmann, Carly Richman, Austin Retzlaff, Courtney Shatzer, and Karina Rosenstein. Karen Koehler was their faculty sponsor.
Meeting notes from all the Independent Study meetings can be found here.
January Term of 2013, Rehamping members which were part of the Independent Study, worked on consolidating their ideas from the Fall into a preliminary floor plan.
In the Spring of 2013, a graduate studio at UMass taught by Ray Mann and Heidi Gilpin took the preliminary floor plan, and finalized it! Hampshire Students Hester Tittmann and Christian Matesanz were both in the class.
Concurrently, a Hampshire class taught by Donna Cohn and Megan Briggs Lyster worked on fundraising documents and furniture for the Barn, including a video (above), fundraising packet, chairs, fundraising pamphlet, and a letter to the Hampshire Community explaining the work that’s gone into The Barn Project. Hester Tittmann and Allxie Cleary, both Hampshire students, were Teaching Assistants for the class. Students Karina Rosenstein and Courtney Shatzer, as well as alumni fellow RJ Sakai contributed to the fundraising documents, though not enrolled in either class.
The graduate UMass class presented their final designs for The Barn, which is to be called The Roos-Rohde House after Hampshire alums and Sig Roos and Ruthie Rohde, on May 6th.
On May 16th, 2013, students that had contributed to The Barn Project over the past two years presented on all the work that had been done for the project up until that date. Afterwards, a ceremonial groundbreaking was had of The Roos-Rohde House, which pushed the project further into the eyes of the public, and allowed College Advancement to start the fundraising process.
Summer and Fall of 2013 consisted of making schematic designs of the building construction-ready, tearing down the horse barn, presenting again on the work done, and receiving about $185,000 for construction costs from the student body. The construction document process was lead by UMASS professor and our principal architect Ray Mann, and helped along by Rehamping students. These documents allowed construction on The Roos-Rohde House to begin in the Fall of 2013. During that Fall, Rehamping and other community members successfully tore down most of the Horse Barn - the roof was removed by Wright Builders, the construction company. After presenting to the student body at the Student Government’s Town Hall meeting, the student body voted to allot part of the Student Activity Fund and Student Endowment surplus to the project, thus allowing the project to move forward.
This Spring 2014 semester, the project is continuing in the shape of a UMASS graduate studio, as it did last Spring. Five Hampshire students and 7 UMASS graduate students are working on the interior design of the building in conjunction with Mixed Nuts.
What’s To Come
Construction on The Roos Rohde House should be completed by May of 2014, with an official opening most likely in the Fall of 2014.
Stay tuned to this blog for updates.
Tour the Horse Barn
Existing Barn Floor Plan
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