The student lounge was previously scheduled to open last October but various circumstances, such as weather conditions and site restrictions, delayed its completion.
After months of delay, Benilde’s new student lounge at the School of Design and Arts (SDA) building will finally be opened by the end of January.
In an interview with The Benildean, Arch. Jericho Francisco, the student lounge’s project manager, confirmed ‘The Generator,’ as the lounge is dubbed, will be accessible to the public by the end of the month. They planned on officially opening the student lounge last January 5, which was the first day of classes of this academic year’s second term, but was yet again postponed. The said lounge was originally scheduled to open last October.
Reasons for delay
According to Francisco, there were three reasons why the project was delayed. The main reason was the unpredictability of the weather which decelerated the working activities. Another was the site restrictions of the area, highlighted by the busy and narrow streets of Pablo Ocampo by which the SDA campus was facing. Lastly, there were conflicts in the delivery of the furniture needed.
Proposed by Arch. Gerry Torres, Director of Benilde’s Center for Campus Art, the new three-storey building will serve as a multi-function space for students to lounge or finish schoolwork, and will include a snack bar and a roofdeck. It will also have a covered walkway towards the SDA campus and a special lift for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
In addition, the new student lounge will have an architectural design that complements the original SDA campus, using the same palette of materials such as glass, metal, and concrete.
The Generator is part of the College’s future development plans called the ‘4 FORTHS,’ along with the HIFI Building, Academic Building 4, and Sports & Dorm Building.
Photos by Kel Santos and Lourde Unas