New Education and Visitor Center Construction Gets Under Way at the Huntington

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has broken ground on a new Education and Visitor Center scheduled to open in early 2015. The $60 million project features 6.5 acres of new gardens and about 43,000 square feet of educational facilities and visitor amenities.Designed by Architectural Resources Group, the complex of buildings is intended to harmonize with the original early 20th-century Beaux-Arts architecture on the property (once the estate of Gilded Age railroad magnate, real estate developer, and collector Henry E. Huntington). The new center’s gardens, designed by the landscape architecture firm Office of Cheryl Barton, will play a central role in the project and reflect the local Mediterranean climate as well as both the agricultural and elegant estate history of the 207-acre grounds. Much of the new construction will replace existing facilities built in 1980 that no longer accommodate the needs of Huntington visitors, scholars, or staff.“As The Huntington strengthens its programmatic offerings and works to provide the highest-quality experience for all who come here—from school children on a field trip to adults attending a lecture, from longtime members to those here for the first time—we know it’s important to have a way to properly welcome and host them,” said Steven S. Koblik, president of The Huntington. “A great deal of discussion and careful planning has gone into this project to bring it to this point, and it’s wonderfully satisfying to be breaking ground now, knowing we have an elegant solution to a long recognized shortcoming. We are incredibly excited.”The new facility will provide much improved amenities for the more than 550,000 visitors who come to The Huntington each year; the 1,500 scholars who conduct research there; and the thousands of Southern California school children and their teachers who visit on field trips to learn about art, history, literature, and botanical science. The new Education and Visitor Center will include a 400-seat lecture hall and four classrooms as well as meeting rooms and an expanded café and gift shop.The project also includes the addition of more than 40,000 square feet of underground storage space for The Huntington’s growing collections of rare historical research and other materials.Aside from purely functional concerns, the architectural team gave a great deal of thought to how people would feel in the complex—considering carefully the volume of each interior space, the height of the ceilings, the direction the light comes from, and what people would see from each vantage point.“We want people inhabiting these spaces to feel that they are in a special place, connected in important ways to the original estate,” said Stephen Farneth, founding principal of Architectural Resources Group. “To accomplish that, we maintained a residential scale, incorporating natural light, views, and access to garden spaces throughout the complex.The Education and Visitor Center is funded through private sources with fundraising actively under way.Entrance area during constructionIn early June, The Huntington’s existing entrance pavilion will close, and a new temporary complex for admissions and the gift shop will welcome visitors during the construction period. The fence surrounding the construction zone will serve as a thousand-foot-long canvas for students of Esteban E. Torres High School in East Los Angeles. The result of a fine arts, photography, creative writing, and graphic design work-study program in a partnership with The Huntington, the fence project is curated by Susan Simpson, artist and faculty member at Cal Arts, Valencia, Calif.Programming during constructionThe Huntington’s usual array of events, talks, lectures, classes, and special exhibitions will continue during construction of the Education and Visitor Center. Visitors can look forward to the following exhibitions opening this summer: “Useful Hours: Needlework and Painted Textiles from Southern California Collections” (June 1–Sept. 2, 2013, in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing); “Illuminated Palaces: Extra-Illustrated Books from the Huntington Library” (July 27–Oct. 28, 2013, in the Library, West Hall); and “Junipero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions” (Aug. 17, 2013–Jan. 6, 2014, in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries, Erburu Wing).In the fall, The Huntington is the exclusive venue for the major international loan exhibition “Face to Face: Flanders, Florence, and Renaissance Painting” (Sept. 28, 2013–Jan. 13, 2014, in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery); and the historic Main Exhibition Hall of the original 1919 Library building reopens Nov. 9 after renovation and the installation of a completely new $1.4 million display.Exhibitions planned for 2014 will be announced later this year.For more information, contact Thea M. Page at (626) 405-2260, [email protected] or Susan Turner-Lowe at (626) 405-2147, [email protected] faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

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first_img…in briefOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today This week’s news in briefAsylum care rapped The Government’s strategy for dealing with the dispersal of refugees hasbeen criticised in a report published by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.It says that asylum seekers are being deprived of legal representation and accessto adequate housing, health and education facilities because the Government hasfailed to properly resource its strategy of dispersing asylum seekers beyondLondon to regional centres. www.refugeecouncil.org.ukAbsence tally plans The Health and Safety Executive has published its plans for assessingwork-related ill health, injuries and lost working days against theGovernment’s targets over www.hse.gov.ukTips to help recruit IT HR directors in IT have helped draw up 12 tips to successful recruitment ina sector which is facing a dire shortage of skilled workers. Karen Geary, HRdirector at The Sage Group, advised IT employers to part on good terms withemployees leaving the company as they may need their skills again in thefuture.www.e-skillsnto.org.uk/recruitmentNokia axes jobs Finnish telecoms giant Nokia is planning to cut up to 1,000 jobs in itsnetwork business. The move, which could involve some of the division’s 1,200employees in the UK, comes after the company issued a profit warning two weeksago.  www.nokia.comNazi case settled A City broking firm has settled out of court with a former Jewish employeewho was asked to wear a Second World War Nazi army uniform given to him by hiscolleagues as a forfeit for being late. The terms of the settlement betweenTullett & Tokyo Liberty Plc, which denied racial discrimination and LaurentWeinberger, have not been revealed. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Dutch airline KLM reaches settlement with pilots over pensions

first_imgKLM announced in August that it planned to cancel its contract with the €8bn Vliegend Personeel KLM pension fund over concerns that its obligation to guarantee full indexation for the pilots’ pension would require the airline to pay €600m by year-end.This figure was based on new national regulation concerning the coverage ratio that is required before pension funds can compensate fully for inflation.The sum of €600m was contested by the trade union from the outset.In a court hearing in September, the union argued that, employing a different interpretation of the regulation, only €115m would be require.KLM and the union, with help of the fund’s experts, have now agreed on a common method for interpreting the regulation and calculating the cost.In a newsletter to pilots, KLM estimated the cost for this year at €94m.KLM and the union have subsequently agreed to drop the ongoing court cases between them.The pension fund is also expected to drop its own lawsuit against KLM.With the agreement, KLM avoids a possible strike by its pilots.The VNV had warned in November that it might take such action if the company failed to change course on the pensions issue.From 2017 onwards, KLM and the union will discuss de-risking pension arrangements, with the union acknowledging that it understood the company’s desire to do so.KLM said it was aiming for a collective defined contribution arrangement. Dutch airline KLM and its pilots have settled a long-running dispute over pension arrangements.The airline agreed not to cancel a previous agreement on the guaranteed indexation of pilots’ pensions, as it had announced this summer.The decision came after new figures suggested the cost of the arrangement would be far less than KLM initially estimated.The arrangement will remain place for 2016, but, next year, KLM and the VNV, the trade union for pilots, will begin negotiations on the future de-risking of the pension arrangements.last_img read more

Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian Grand Prix

first_imgRelatedPosts Hamilton wins Tuscan Grand Prix Pierre Gasly stuns Hamilton to win Italian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas won an incident-packed first race of the new Formula One season in Austria, as Lewis Hamilton was demoted to fourth following a five-second time penalty.Bottas, who led every lap in a peerless performance, crossed the line just 0.6 seconds clear of his Mercedes team-mate, but world champion Hamilton was penalised after he was involved in a crash with Red Bull driver Alex Albon in the closing stages. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc moved up to second, with British driver Lando Norris taking the first podium of his career to finish third.Red Bull appeared to have pulled off a tactical masterstroke by pitting Albon for fresh tyres during a second of three safety car periods.On the restart and with just 10 laps of racing left, Albon moved round the outside of Hamilton at the fourth corner but on the exit the Briton refused to concede the position – with his front-left tyre hitting Albon’s right rear.Albon was launched into the gravel, ending his chances of a dramatic win. The stewards laid the blame at Hamilton’s door.It marked the second time in three races the pair have collided. Hamilton was also penalised for hitting Albon at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix. The penalty capped a dramatic afternoon for Hamilton, who was earlier sent back to fifth on the grid for a yellow flag infringement in qualifying.“The race is done and I just feel like moving forwards,” Hamilton told Sky Sports.“It’s not been a great weekend for me. Yesterday was entirely my fault. It was a bit odd today in the preparation to all of a sudden get a penalty, but it is what it is and that didn’t destabilise me, it just encouraged me to go out there and drive as best as I could. And I feel like I did.“I had great pace to catch up with Valtteri and then a really unfortunate scenario with Alex. It really felt like a racing incident, but I’ll take whatever penalty they feel I deserve and move forward.”Tags: Austrian Grand Prixformula onelewis hamiltonValtteri Bottaslast_img read more

Syracuse can’t overcome mistakes, loses 8-0 to No. 5 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 3, 2019 at 8:18 pm Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillman Commentscenter_img Shannon Doepking first knew her team wasn’t focused in the top of the first inning. The Syracuse bench, typically rowdy and raucous, was completely quiet. It usually chants during at-bats, shouting “three balls, three balls” or the Jeopardy! theme song. It rallies around teammates with individual cheers. But this time, the bench made little to no noise.“It was the weirdest thing when it was completely silent,” Doepking said. “That’s how you know nothing good is about to come.”The Orange proceeded to make countless mistakes in the field and at the plate over the next six innings. Whether it was two errors in the field or not adjusting to Florida State pitcher Meghan King’s arsenal, SU didn’t believe it could compete with the reigning national champions, Doepking said. Following 4.2 perfect innings from King, Syracuse (21-29, 8-14 Atlantic Coast) lost 8-0 to No. 5 Florida State (46-8, 17-5) in only six innings.Doepking first saw signs of this at batting practice. The Orange struggled to make contact in a session designed for them to practice hitting. Then in the pregame, Doepking watched in bewilderment as the Orange fielders “booted the ball all over the field,” she said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Going against a good team like that, we’re going to have to step outside ourselves to do something great,” senior Bryce Holmgren said. “I thought there were some opportunities to do that that we just didn’t take.”Those opportunities were prevalent and readily available, but the Orange didn’t take advantage. Sophomore Alex Acevedo didn’t dive on a bouncing ball down the first-base line that turned into an RBI double. Sophomore Neli Casares-Maher chose not to leap on a line-drive single in the third inning.Then, in the fourth, FSU senior Carsyn Gordon tapped sophomore Sophie Dandola’s pitch down the third-base line. Seminoles’ freshman Savannah Parker was in a pickle between third and home. Even with Cali Harrod standing on third base, senior Hannah Dossett, junior Gianna Carideo, and Dandola tried to chase down Parker. But when Carideo threw to third, Dandola wasn’t covering home plate so Parker easily strolled home.Then, Dossett’s throw home bounced off Parker’s shoulder, allowing Harrod to score as well.“I haven’t done that in a really long time,” Dandola said. “I think I was just really flustered and didn’t think the whole thing through. It’s something we need to work on.”Dandola only allowed two earned runs in three innings of relief for sophomore Miranda Hearn. This is her second game after returning from a concussion suffered in a car accident earlier in the season, Dandola said.But it wasn’t the pitching at fault. Florida State stole four bases and took countless more from errors and pushing singles into doubles.On the other end, it was the SU offense that couldn’t keep up.King threw 4.2 perfect innings, with it only ending on a Mayfield groundout-turned-error by the FSU second baseman. The next inning, King allowed only her second baserunner on a hard-hit Holmgren single to center field.In those 5.1 innings, she baffled the Orange with her backdoor curveball. A right-handed pitcher, she fired a sinking off-speed pitch across the plate and into the body of right-handed batters.Florida State, knowing Syracuse was only going to start two lefties in Holmgren and sophomore Lailoni Mayfield, moved its outfield and forced Syracuse to hit toward the opposite side of the field. The Seminoles right fielder stood close to the infield in between second and first base, the second baseman right behind second base, and the shortstop played closer to third base.And yet, Syracuse never adjusted. It continued to stick to its normal game plan and never tried to hit opposite field and expose the glaring gap in deep right field, Doepking said.“We all knew she was throwing curves,” Carideo said. “She’s going to throw a backdoor curve. She can keep it up in the zone with the riseball. (Alexa Romero) throws the exact same way so we should have practiced with this.”Following the victory over Cornell on Wednesday, Doepking outlined the plan to compete with Florida State: minimize mistakes and have opportunistic hits. With only two hits and plenty of fielding mistakes, SU showed it wasn’t ready to capitalize on that plan.As Doepking walked out of the dugout, she had more questions than answers.“You’re going to ask why we sucked today, aren’t you?” she said. “I’m not going to have any great answers.”last_img read more

Toomevara set sights on Dan Breen Cup

first_imgToomevara will come up against some formidable opponents when they compete for the Dan Breen Cup next year.They defeated Roscrea to be crowned Seamus O Riain champions in Moneygall yesterday – on a scoreline of 2-18 to 0-14.Both themselves, and Roscrea will now compete against the top tier of teams in the county. Photo © Tipp FM Speaking to Tipp FM Sport after yesterday’s victory game, Toomevara’s Tommy Dunne says they’re delighted to be back in Roinn 1…last_img