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Tallest Building In The World Planned For Tucson  
User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2434 posts, RR: 5
Posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7502 times:

http://azstarnet.com/news/blogs/fitz...0-7ed1-11e1-ac4a-001a4bcf887a.html

"Opponents of the University of Arizona’s proposed expansion of student housing will soon be looking up at the world’s tallest dorm. University Vice President Moses Rump said at a press conference today that Wildcat Sky Dorm will be taller than the famous Dubai skyscraper featured in Mission Impossible XXIII.

The towering skyscraper is the result of a compromise between the University of Arizona and the West University Neighborhood Association. After minutes of painstaking negotiations the University agreed to build one high-rise student housing project rather than scattering hundreds of mini-dorms throughout the west side neighborhood. Rump said,”It’s an effort to preserve the character of the neighborhood to our west and get the granola munchers and NIMBYs off our backs.”

The architects of Dubai-based Leviathan Construction have dubbed their innovative design the Maxi-Dorm. Neighborhood activists have hailed the design as “the best outcome we could have hoped for--under the circumstances.” Construction will begin in July 2012 and is expected to take 3-years. Rump estimated it will cost $1.5 billion to build and says the record-breaking skyscraper will house 40,000 students and 2 security guards on 180 floors. The University is in talks with Davis-Monthan officials who have expressed concern about a colossal tower in the middle of their flight path and the potential for student mischief."


As a current U of A student, I'm not sure if this is gonna put us on the map or just create a giant eye-sore for the city.  


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User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7488 times:

It's a joke. Hence why it is written on a cartoonist's blog.

User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15695 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7483 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):
As a current U of A student, I'm not sure if this is gonna put us on the map or just create a giant eye-sore for the city.

It makes you a gullible sucker for falling for an April Fool's prank.



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7456 times:

Based on who the author is, I'm fairly certain it's a joke. A dorm that size could house every student at the university several times over in a typical 2-to-a-room configuration.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):
It makes you a gullible sucker for falling for an April Fool's prank.

Since when does April Fools fall on April 4th (when the article was posted)?



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19275 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7448 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):
”It’s an effort to preserve the character of the neighborhood to our west and get the granola munchers and NIMBYs off our backs.”

I'm calling BS. No University VP would speak this way in public (and remain a University VP for very long).


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13469 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7388 times:
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Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):
As a current U of A student

Figures that a Wildcat would fall for this...  



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7112 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7358 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 5):
Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):
As a current U of A student

Figures that a Wildcat would fall for this...

And as an ASU student, we're questioning why such a building would be built in the armpit of Tucson   



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3299 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7321 times:
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I am impressed you fell for this.

I read the thread title and thought "this will never get accepted since there is a 2,000 foot limit in the USA."

Good to see this is all a joke. Funny to see that someone fell for it.

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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2434 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7123 times:

Well to be honest I did see that it was written in a cartoonists blog right before I posted it...but I just wasn't sure since its past April Fools and a lot of people we're talkin about it today. It would be pretty cool though if it was actually true lol.


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User currently offlineillinoisman From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7053 times:

As someone that is a registered architect, really? From the VP comments about "granolas" to the ridiculous scale in a suburban context, this almost looks like an article that I would see in "theonion.com". Did I actually read a ratio of 20,000 to 1 of students to security? Why bother with the two at all? As someone that has to provide a budget with every project, I do not agree at all with the rationale of spending $1.5B for one structure.

Assuming that Tucson, like most southwest US cities, has a multi-unit residential vacancy rate of 25% or more, that money can't be used to purchase the available stock and provide driving/transportation facilities for students? Please! I lived a converted hotel when I was in college, for two years (1988-89) and it worked out great.

This is a totally absurd solution to the housing issue that has hounded the U of A for 30 years. That a $1.5B investment is being made at the expense of classes and programs at a state university makes me even more outraged. If the academics are not being compromised, what will the university charge students to live there so they can recoup such a capital investment in the shortest feasible period possible? This will be the UGLIEST building in Tucson. It will be an eyesore to the public and such a disgrace.


User currently offlinevin2basketball From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7015 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 7):
I read the thread title and thought "this will never get accepted since there is a 2,000 foot limit in the USA."

What is this 2,000 foot limit?


User currently offlinegeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7005 times:

Quoting illinoisman (Reply 9):
This is a totally absurd solution to the housing issue that has hounded the U of A for 30 years. That a $1.5B investment

Chill out man.........it's just a joke ! Not very funny, but never the less, still a joke. I'm not an architect and I can see about a 100 things that would make such a building completely impossible, never mind totally impractical; for a dorm ?

Even if they did build such a thing, they would need at least 500 armed guards, just to keep all of the base jumpers off of it !

Charley



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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2620 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6895 times:

Charley, illinoisman gets that it's a joke. He was being deadpan.


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User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6834 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 8):

Well to be honest I did see that it was written in a cartoonists blog right before I posted it...but I just wasn't sure since its past April Fools and a lot of people we're talkin about it today. It would be pretty cool though if it was actually true lol.

It's okay mke717spotter, we've all been there. Don't worry, we're all laughing at you, not with you.  

That was a great April Fool's prank!


User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3299 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6732 times:
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Quoting vin2basketball (Reply 10):

I believe it was originally dictated by the FAA, but no building in the USA can be taller than 2,000 feet. That's why it's unlikely we will see anything much taller than World Trade Center 1 (and certainly nothing as tall as the Burj Dubai.

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User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6718 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 14):
I believe it was originally dictated by the FAA, but no building in the USA can be taller than 2,000 feet. That's why it's unlikely we will see anything much taller than World Trade Center 1 (and certainly nothing as tall as the Burj Dubai.

Interesting... Thanks for pointing that out. At first I didn't believe it as I had thought the Chicago Spire which was approved and under construction (but was later cancelled) was over 2,000 ft., but I looked it up and it was exactly 2,000 ft. So I did further research and while I still haven't found a specific rule, the general consensus I've seen from my brief research seems to be that this height limit is true.


User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6708 times:

I believe that there is no ban on any buildings over 2000 ft, but rather the developers need to get special permission from the FAA if they want to build higher, effectively creating a height cap as most developers will probably avoid the added time and cost of the permits.

User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12267 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6694 times:

Quoting Polot (Reply 1):
It's a joke.
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 4):
I'm calling BS. No University VP would speak this way in public (and remain a University VP for very long).

Especially one named:

Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):
University Vice President Moses Rump

which for those familiar with architectural and/or city planning history is a clear reference to the famous/infamous Robert Moses.

Dictionary.com lists one definition of "rump" as "the last part, especially that which is unimportant or inferior", so the joke is that this university VP is an inferior version of Robert Moses, which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your point of view.

So, there's an attempt at cleverness there, but one that falls short, IMHO.



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User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6683 times:

Quoting Polot (Reply 1):
gullible

Did ya'll know the word Guillible isn't in the dictionary? Check it out...  


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7758 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6653 times:

As a UofA alumni I am deeply sorry for the OP's failure to detect the humor in this article, he clearly must be a freshman.



That said high rise dorms were tried and for the most part if the schools that had build them could tear them down they would. Something about putting hundreds of college students in the same small space didn't quite work right. Tough to manage and hard to build any sense of community. Plus the high rise dorms at UofA, at least when I was there, had a reputation of being the party dorms. Especially Coronado, Arizona-Sonora not so much as it was (is it still) one of the Honors dorms.



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12267 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6643 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 19):
That said high rise dorms were tried and for the most part if the schools that had build them could tear them down they would. Something about putting hundreds of college students in the same small space didn't quite work right.

When I was at UConn, one of the high-rise dorms got condemned by the state board of health!

It seems some of the jocks who lived there were animals and they flung fecal matter against the wall. The staff refused to clean it, the state BoH heard about it, did an inspection and condemned the dorm till eventually it was cleaned up.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10862 posts, RR: 38
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6624 times:

Wonder if any other structure will be able to beat this.

The $1.2 billion Kingdom Tower, which will stretch 3,280ft into the Saudi Arabian sky, has so far only been illustrated through concept sketches and a rendering showing the bank-busting building from afar.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ds-tallest-tower-Saudi-Arabia.html

No April fools here. This one is for real.

  



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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1627 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6593 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):

lol




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User currently offlinehomsaR From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6447 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):
After minutes of painstaking negotiations the University agreed to build one high-rise student housing project

Get rid of the "minutes of painstaking negotiations line" and it would sound like how some of the crazy decisions are made at places where I used to work.



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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6185 times:

Quoting illinoisman (Reply 9):
I do not agree at all with the rationale of spending $1.5B for one structure.

And people wonder why college tuition is so expensive.  

Now what happens when everyone on the top floor flushes their toilets at the same time.?     


25 DocLightning : The Onion would have done a better job.
26 SmithAir747 : To complete the illusion, there should have been a very convincing artist's impression of the "world's tallest dorm"! A picture is indeed worth a thou
27 Post contains images NAV20 : With respect, illinoisman, I don't think it's a matter of cost so much as practicality. 'Return on risk.' As a chartered surveyor/valuer, I moved bac
28 Post contains images fridgmus : Me being one of them!!! Damn, that sounds like a fun one! Cheers, F
29 Post contains images IMissPiedmont : Because nobody with a right mind would build anything in Maricopa county. The accurate part of the original post though is where it says "after minut
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