Unlike the vast majority of cross-lake commuters in Seattle, I was out on the roads this afternoon. At Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Carnegie Mellon University held an event called Network Night Seattle where I got to meet several of my fellow alumni, the Dean of the School of Computer Science, and a few staff members who do alumni relations and recruiting.
We were shown a brief presentation featuring mock-ups of the futuristic Gates Center for Computer Science, the not-yet-built structure which will be the School of Computer Science's new home when it opens. Not much is known for certain about the center, including what name will be attached to the new research center next door. Read on to see how much it'll be to name something around the new Gates Center, according to literature distributed at the presentation.
|Research Center||$10 million|
|Planetary Robotics Center||$2.5 million|
|Conference Suite and Terrace||$2.5 million|
|Tiered Classroom||$1.5 million|
|Elliptical Walkway||$1 million|
|Bridge to Newell-Simon Hall||$1 million|
|Bridge to Purnell Center||$1 million|
|Dean's Office Suite||$1 million|
|Large Classroom||$1 million|
|Department Office Suite||$500,000|
|Research Conference Room||$500,000|
|Gates-Newell-Simon Patio (Doesn't that already have some names attached?)||$300,000|
|Faculty Labs/Project Spaces||$200,000 to $300,000|
|Computer Clusters (Labs)||$150,000|
|Conference Rooms||$75,000 to $250,000|
|Small Classrooms||$50,000 to $150,000|
|Collaborative Project Spaces||$50,000 to $150,000|
|Undergraduate Conference Room||$50,000|
|Collaborative Project Rooms||$50,000 to $150,000|
|Faculty Offices||$10,000 to $15,000|
There's a lot of money to be made here. As tempting as it would be to place a professor in the Jason Weill Faculty Office, I can only afford a seat in a much wealthier man's auditorium. Prestige is expensive.