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RIT holds SHED open house Jan. 18

Come explore inside the SHED (Student Hall for Exploration and Development) during an open house for the RIT community.

Tours and demonstrations will be held throughout the SHED from 2 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 18 to celebrate the new creative hub on campus.

The SHED complex is a light-filled space that connects Monroe Hall to the fully renovated Wallace Library. The space draws students from across campus to collaborate and innovate, and to study or just hang out in the space.

RIT President David Munson envisioned the SHED six years ago as the new heartbeat at the center of campus. He pictured the glass exterior revealing the daily ingenuity that RIT shares with visitors during the annual Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival.

“RIT is building places and spaces for thinkers, creators, and makers unlike any other university in the nation,” Munson said. “The SHED will showcase creativity every day with our best ideas always on display.”

Classrooms in the complex were the first SHED spaces to open for the fall semester, followed by a couple makerspaces and performing arts areas. Now that the A-level makerspaces and workshops for seven competitive performance teams are ready for student use, the SHED is primed to shake with creativity.

“We are excited for students to explore the SHED and to surprise us with their ideas and projects,” said Tiffany Brodner, SHED executive director. “It is a remarkable facility and a place for our students to grow their interests and talents.”

The SHED complex covers 209,000 gross square feet of new and renovated construction. The $120 million facility is the university’s largest capital project since 1968. William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. designed the SHED; MRB Group, formerly HBT Architects, served as the architect of record; and Welliver as the construction manager.

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Plainfield, NJ residents forced out of homes after buildings condemned

Families at 501-515 W7th Street in Plainfield, New Jersey tell Fox 5 they don’t know where they will go now after their building was condemned for being “unfit for human habitation”, with no warning.

They were given just 24 hours to pack up and move out. A father with two young children tells Fox 5 he just paid the rent this month and has no idea if he’ll even get his deposit back. Another single mom here says they have no time to save up for a move, which can often cost thousands of dollars.

The owners of the complex have six other buildings and four of them have been condemned. 

The city inspectors say they found things like mold stains, holes in ceilings, and uncapped gas conductors. The Mayor also says there was a deafening pipe in the basement with no cap, which was leaking onto the floor. He called the owner’s money hungry and neglectful. 

Plainfield School District teamed up with the Mayor’s office to distribute meals all day Thursday. There are at least 80 children living in the complex who attend Plainfield Schools. Aside from finding a place to live, parents say they are also now concerned they’ll have to move out of the district.

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