Future DRBU Building Renovation Begins
法界佛教大學規劃整修未來的主建築

By Stan Shoptaugh
文: 史丹·沙普塔夫

Chinese Translation by Shiyu You
中譯: 游世裕

People with clipboards, tape measures, and large rolls of paper stand across the street from Building 123. Everyone talks animatedly, shaping with their hands and eagerly describing their observations to one another. Architects, engineers, and Dharma Realm Buddhist University administrators have gathered on a bright August morning to kick off the renovation of the future DRBU Main Building.

一群站在萬佛聖城123建築物對面的人們,頂著炎熱的太陽,拿著紙夾板、捲尺、大捲紙張;每個人都熱烈的發表意見,並專注的描述他們的觀察。在一個晴朗八月天的上午,建築師、工程師、法大行政主管聚在一起,揭開了法大未來主建築整修計劃的序幕。

The 65,000 square-foot complex is the second largest building on the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas campus, located just east of the Developing Virtue Boys School. Known to CTTB residents as Building 123, the future DRBU Main Building was originally built in the 1950’s as part of the Mendocino State Hospital. DRBU plans to carry out the change of occupancy and renovation project in several phases.

這棟佔地6萬5000平方呎的建築,是萬佛聖城內第二大建築物。位於培德育良中小學男校東邊,萬佛聖城住眾都稱它為123建築物。這棟法大未來的主建築興建於1950年代,原為曼都仙諾州立療養院的一部分。法大計劃分期進行這棟建築的變更使用與整修工程。

With the launch of the new BA and MA degree programs and the significant strides made toward formal accreditation, DRBU is currently experiencing an unprecedented growth that has resulted in a critical and imminent need for adequate space. The University has outgrown the capacity of its current building. According to President Susan Rounds, “We are using every available space in the current DRBU building, and it is oftentimes difficult to schedule a class or a meeting because the rooms are already full. Students also need more quiet study spaces. Everyone at DRBU—faculty, staff, students—is very excited about plans for the new building. We can’t wait!”

法大近年推出新的學士與碩士學程,並在申請美國大學評鑑聯盟認證方面獲得大幅進展,法大正經歷前所未有的成長,使得目前的校舍已不敷使用,增加新的教學空間已是燃眉之急。法大校長蘇珊朗德博士說:「目前能夠使用的的空間我們都用了,上課或會議常常找不到地方,因為所有的教室都在使用中。除此之外,學生們也需要更多安靜的自習空間。法大全體人員包括教職員與學生,對這個新的整修計劃懷著興奮及迫不及待的心情。」

The first phase of the change of occupancy project, scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2016, encompasses the South Wing and will provide approximately 25,000 square feet of much-needed space for classrooms, study areas, offices, meeting rooms, a Chan hall, and student activities. The DRBU community recently completed a lively daylong discussion around their aspirations for the University’s new home, enthusiastically exchanging ideas about space and design with architects Larry Strain and Karen Richards.

主建築變更使用計劃的第一階段工程可望於2016年秋完工,將使用這棟主建築的南翼,約有2萬5000平方呎,規劃做為教室、自習室、辦公室、會議室、禪堂、學生活動等最為需要的空間。法大不久前才舉行了全校師生的討論,對於這棟未來的新校區,提出大家的期望,並與賴瑞·史淳以及凱倫·瑞查斯兩位建築師,針對空間設計熱烈交換意見。

Leading the project are Siegel & Strain Architects from Emeryville, California. The nationally recognized 25-person firm specializes in adaptive reuse and sustainable design, with extensive experience in education projects. Collaborating closely with the architects, DRBU hopes to create a building that best fulfills the University mission.

負責這項整修計劃的是位於舊金山東灣的席格爾與史淳建築師事務所,這家聞名的建築師事務所有25名建築師。他們擅長永續綠建築設計與建物再利用,也對教育機構的設計有十分豐富的經驗。法大與建築師密切合作,冀望對整修後的主建築能作最佳的使用,俾益達成法大的宗旨。

Project manager Kristine Ang Go shared the spirit of the renovation, “In the same way that our academic program activates the intrinsic wisdom of the students, we want to bring out the inherent characteristics and strengths of the future DRBU Main Building. The buildings on the CTTB campus are incredibly well-built and can last hundreds of years. Our job is to uncover their latent qualities and allow them to shine through. DRBU students learn from texts that are centuries old. The teachings are immemorial, yet the way our students apply the wisdom is contemporary. We will be expressing this in spatial form by taking a timeless building and reinterpreting the architecture to reflect modern times.”

此整修計畫之專案經理蔡禎禎分享了這項計劃的精神,她指出:「正如我們法大的課程要啟發學生本有的智慧,我們也希望發揮這棟建築本有的特色與力量。萬佛聖城的建築物當初蓋得非常好,主體結構可以使用數百年。我們要做的就是將這些建築潛在的特質發揮出來,使其散發光采。法大學生們研習的經典跨越許多世紀,雖然從中學習的教誨很古老,但學生們是以現代的思惟來運用這些亙古常新的智慧。我們也將在教學空間上如此運用,重新詮釋這座久遠的建築,讓它反映出現代的精神。」

Venerable Master Hsuan Hua designated Building 123 to house the main educational programs of Dharma Realm Buddhist University. According to Wayne Chen, Director of Development, “During his lectures on the Avatamsaka Sutra, the Venerable Master compared the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to the Jeta Grove (Jetavana) and the future DRBU Main Building to the Great Towering Pavilion where the Buddha spoke the Avatamsaka Sutra. He tasked us to build a great University that would benefit the world. We are humbled by his vision. At the same time, we are very happy to be making progress toward the Venerable Master’s vow with the new degree programs and our progress toward accreditation. Building spaces is a crucial element of our plan, and we appreciate everyone’s support to make this project a reality.”

宣公上人住世時,即指定123建築物為法大的授課場所。法大發展處主任陳頌明指出:「宣公上人在講解華嚴經時,曾比喻萬佛聖城為『祇樹林給孤獨園』,並將法大未來的主建築比喻為佛說華嚴經的『大莊嚴重閣』。上人囑咐我們要辦一所一流的大學,能夠利益全世界。面對上人的願力,我們自當嚴謹精進努力,以不負所托。目前法大已經開設新學程,朝向上人的願力前進。在申請美國大學評鑑聯盟認證方面,也獲得相當的進展。整修法大未來的主建築,是我們整體計劃中的重要關鍵。我們亦非常感恩各界人士的共襄盛舉,期望這個整修計劃能夠順利實現。」

To learn more, please contact the Office of Development at development@drbu.org.
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