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Well, since the MDRD opened (and closed cause of the pandemic) and pictures have been posted, I don't think I'm doing any harm.

 

Some of the decorations are... An acquired taste perhaps. But the bright open spaces gave me that fluttering excited feeling. I really like it. I really love the space.

 

 

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The terraced area really has amazing views. I see that they still have the spiral staircase. Is the layout similar to Cygnus with a few banquet rooms upstairs? I didn't like the murals when I first saw them, but I think GRDad brought up a good point, it's probably designed, lit for evening hours. All the shots I've seen are during the day, but I bet it looks really good at night

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I'm very eager to see it in person.  There's something about that space that when we'd go there, I just felt a world away from home.  Hope the new place feels the same!

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4 hours ago, joeDowntown said:

The terraced area really has amazing views. I see that they still have the spiral staircase. Is the layout similar to Cygnus with a few banquet rooms upstairs? I didn't like the murals when I first saw them, but I think GRDad brought up a good point, it's probably designed, lit for evening hours. All the shots I've seen are during the day, but I bet it looks really good at night

Yeah two rooms that I went in.

Today:

 

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19 hours ago, grandrollerz said:

ahem, it's bridge blue. :-)

It's red and green for christmas right now

But bridge blue IS actually GVSU blue (there's an interesting story about it here: https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2011/03/grand_valley_state_university_34.html). While the skyline is definitely blue, I there's more variatiom in the colors. My photo didn't isn't the greatest representation. 

Either way, I love all of the lighting being added to buildings. I'm interested to see the lighting on the DeVos building when it's done. I saw some test lighting a year ago, and it looks like it'll be pretty brightly lit as well. 

Joe

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On 12/14/2020 at 9:15 AM, joeDowntown said:

But bridge blue IS actually GVSU blue (there's an interesting story about it here: https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2011/03/grand_valley_state_university_34.html). While the skyline is definitely blue, I there's more variatiom in the colors. My photo didn't isn't the greatest representation. 

Either way, I love all of the lighting being added to buildings. I'm interested to see the lighting on the DeVos building when it's done. I saw some test lighting a year ago, and it looks like it'll be pretty brightly lit as well. 

Joe

Agreed. I'm rarely out at night this year but happened to be coming back from Holland last night and saw all the city lights from the I-196 hill. Was blown away by how cool it looks now (the whole skyline).

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On 12/19/2020 at 11:02 AM, HavingAhoot said:

Seems to me they have a lot of work to do yet if they still want to finish up by April.

It could be. Though I think the bulk of the work was structural stuff we couldn't see, including the restaurant over haul.  I don't think the replacement of the facade will take that long as evidenced by the progress they've made just since the last pictures. 

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1 hour ago, MJLO said:

It could be. Though I think the bulk of the work was structural stuff we couldn't see, including the restaurant over haul.  I don't think the replacement of the facade will take that long as evidenced by the progress they've made just since the last pictures. 

I wonder how quickly they move. If they could do a floor a day (per side), April seems feasible.

Joe

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Are they now redoing the entire tower? I though the original plan was just the top which kind of looks weird with two different color glass 

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20 minutes ago, GR8scott said:

Are they now redoing the entire tower? I though the original plan was just the top which kind of looks weird with two different color glass 

The plan has always been the full tower.   Looking good so far.

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2 hours ago, mpchicago said:

The plan has always been the full tower.   Looking good so far.

And it's always been two types of glass. @GR8scott, go back a few pages and look at the renderings. I think it'll make more sense if you see the final design.

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10 hours ago, thebeerqueer said:

Murder restaurant and lounge visible during today’s last bits of sunlight.

Better not be foreshadowing here.

Would make for a cool time lapse video  watching the scaffolding drop and the glass color change.

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18 hours ago, thebeerqueer said:

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Murder restaurant and lounge visible during today’s last bits of sunlight.


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That's actually the suites. Restaurant is above the LED gap.

 

And murder restaurant? Did I miss something??

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22 hours ago, Cookin_peacocks said:

And murder restaurant? Did I miss something??

 

^ The restaurant is rebranded as MDRD - a moniker that might not age too well. I think it's meant to be a play on the word "Madrid" but it looks an awful lot like MRDR a.k.a. "Murder"

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