As a testament to the College’s commitment to innovation, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde will soon open its doors to a new 62-room sports building, a working space where students can take naps, and a wine-tasting laboratory, among other major developments, President Br. Dennis “BroDen” Magbanua FSC revealed.
New buildings, improved student experience
In the termly Town Hall Assembly held earlier today at the Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater, BroDen discussed to the Benildean community of the College’s recent developments and plans for the future, which he called “4 FIRSTS and 4 FORTHS.”
The “4 FIRSTS” segment cited recent major achievements for the College, such as the Borderless Benildean Education, focusing on the recently launched online learning management platform BigSky; the College’s participation with the World Share Management Services, a cloud-based library management system connecting over 16,000 institutions; and the development of The Loop, the School of Design and Arts’ latest student lounge which has a Mac store.
The Brother President then continued with the “4 FORTHS” portion, or the future plans for the College which include the construction of The Generator, HIFI Building, Academic Building 4, and Sports & Dorm Building.
According to BroDen, The Generator is a collaborative working space where students can study, eat, work on projects, and take naps. This lounge will also contain a snack bar and a roofdeck for performances, and is scheduled to be completed by June 2017.
Meanwhile, the HIFI Building will use the College’s first solar powered cooling system and will be used to assist students who would work on innovative projects related to their respective fields. The building, to be located near Pablo Ocampo Street, is poised to be completed by May 2017.
The Academic Building 4, on the other hand, will be home to the first school oenology or wine-tasting and sampling laboratory in the country. In addition, it will also house frosh students and general education classes and will be built at the current school bus parking area along Arellano Avenue.
Finally, the Sports and Dorm Building will include 62 rooms with 248 dorm beds and will be located at the corner of Dominga and San Isidro Streets. The building will have a basketball and volleyball court, chess area, taekwondo area, pep squad area, badminton court, table tennis area, and a 25-meter swimming pool. This dorm will be offered to academic, financial, and talent scholars, together with varsity athletes.
BroDen also reassured Benildeans of the cashless payment system, along with an expanded selection of food choices, the Taft Campus cafeteria will have once it is done with ongoing renovations.
Additionally, the Brother President also took the assembly as a chance to comment on issues such as the controversial Supreme Court ruling allowing late dictator and former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“Whatever the Supreme Court says, and whatever may happen, and we must respect the outcome, because that’s how democracy works. While we may not agree with [the outcome of either event], we have to accept that, but continue to work and defend our values,” BroDen said.