Areté construction progresses with Arts Wing topping-off ceremony
Areté, Ateneo’s creative hub held its concrete topping-off ceremony of its Arts Wing last Nov. 3, 2016. The topping-off ceremony of its Innovation Wing took place last July 30, 2016.
University President Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin S.J., said that he hopes Areté will become a hub of creativity on campus. Like an eagle that has two wings moving in unison, Fr. Villarin, SJ hoped that the events happening in the two wings of Areté will influence each other.
“My hope is that the creativity that will happen in the Innovation Wing can accurately influence the creativity that will happen in the Arts Wing,” he said. “In this challenging century, creativity will be an important factor, an important defining element for education and for the building of a better world.”
In July 2014, Areté had its ceremonial time capsule laying. Placed inside this time capsule are the following mementos:
1. the first resolution of the Board of Trustees on Areté
2. Ateneo's letter to the Jesuit Provincial of the Philippines, Fr. Antonio Moreno SJ, seeking approval of the construction
3. a copy of the approval of Jesuit Secretary General (then Fr. Adolfo Nicolas SJ) & the project profile and cost
4. an Areté brochure and mug
5. a memorandum of understanding between Ateneo de Manila and Le Cordon Bleu
6. copies of creative projects of Fine Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies students and souvenir programs from performing arts students
7. a list and catalogue of artworks at the Ateneo Art Gallery & a special issue of Pananaw (the Philippine Journal of Visual Arts featuring the Ateneo Art Gallery) and
8. a copy of the newspaper of July 26, 2014, on which day, the Arete site was blessed.
At that time, Areté had yet to engage the major parties of its construction. To complete the documentation, a bigger time capsule was prepared to accommodate the initial time capsule and Areté-related documents. And so, on Nov. 3, the Areté time capsule was laid in its appointed place at the center spot of the Open Exhibit Area. It contained the July 2014 time capsule and the following documents:
1. Service agreements/engagement issued to the following:
a. W.V. Coscolluela and Associates as Project Designer
b. D.M. Consunji, Inc. as General Contractor
c. S.P. Castro, Inc. as Construction Managers
d. Langdon & Seah, Philippines, Inc. as Quantity Surveyor
e. PGAA Creative Design as Site Developer/Landscaper
f. ROS Acoustic Solution as Acoustics Consultant
g. Benjamin O. Villareal, Jr. as Lights/Theater consultant
h. Lizza’s Room Graphic Design as Signage consultant/designer
2. The Guidon October 2016 issue; and
3. A set of the building permits and Quezon City Green Building Preliminary Certificate.
To cap the event, Fr. Villarin, S.J. led the community in lowering the main time capsule to its appointed place followed by the shoveling of spade-full of concrete to seal off this special place.
Fr. Villarin, S.J. said that Areté started out as an idea that has turned into reality.
“Now, we are here at the threshold and we see that the reality is greater than the idea itself,” he said. The topping-off ceremony signifies the milestones of Areté since its ground blessing in April 2014. Construction is expected to be finished by April or May 2017.