Faculty Center to rise again

| Written by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo

A front view (along Roxas St.) of the architect’s perspective of the new FC shows National Artist Napoleon Abueva’s sculpture, “Siyam na Diwata ng Sining,” figuring prominently in the complex’s design.

 

The architect’s perspective of the back (along Quirino St.) of the new FC shows the six-level parking building.

 

Three years after it was ravaged by fire, the Faculty Center (FC) is set to be reborn as a new and improved facility. It will be a cluster of structures that includes a nine-level faculty building, a six-level parking building, a single story hall, and an amphitheater.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on January 25 to kick off the construction project.

 

Clockwise from top left: DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and UP President Danilo Concepcion sign the construction blueprints; the lowering of the time capsule; and the ceremonial groundbreaking. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, who underscored the significance of bringing the FC back, likened its rebirth to a phoenix rising from the ashes, “grander and more splendid.”

UP President Danilo Concepcion said the University expects the P675-million project to be finished on time, which is November next year. He added that UP holds the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to its promise of efficient project implementation. The agency is the University’s partner in the undertaking.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar promised the “fast and efficient” implementation of the project, which he said is the FC that UP deserves.

 

From left to right: UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, UP President Danilo Concepcion, and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

According to the Office of the VP for Development (OVPD), the new FC will house offices, conference rooms, meeting spaces, lecture and multipurpose halls, libraries, galleries, and recreational areas like break rooms, lounges, and a café. It is expected to accommodate simultaneous events of varying group sizes.

The OVPD also revealed that the Claro M. Recto Conference Hall will remain a focal point in the new structure’s design. Similar to the previous FC, the upcoming building is expected to be a place of convergence and collaboration that inspires the exchange of ideas, artistic creation and development, collegial discussion, and academic discourse.

 

 

From left to right: College of Science Dean Perry Ong, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Dean Maria Bernadette Abrera, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, UP President Danilo Concepcion, College of Arts and Letters Dean Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, and College of Engineering Dean Rizalinda De Leon (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

Watch: Faculty Center Groundbreaking Audio-Visual Presentation by TVUP, 25 January 2019

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