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Rensselaer (RPI) Troy Building
This is the Rensselaer (RPI) Troy building. It is one of the green roofed building in the central campus complex. This is the first building in my Bricksburg Technological University (BTU) project.
About this creation
This is a bit of a Lego monument to my Alma Mater, Resselaer Polytechnic Institute. I graduated there in 1994 with a Degree in Areonautical Engineering.

A bit of History of the Troy Building:

"The Troy Building was built with funds raised by the citizens of Troy to commemorate the centennial of the Institute in 1924. The brick and limestone building, completed in 1925, housed the civil engineering department. Over the years the building became home to several other functions including the Dean of Students office. The student life functions that had been scattered in various buildings were eventually pulled into this common location."
(from http://www.lib.rpi.edu/dept/library/html/Archives/buildings/troy_building.html )

This was my first in my current project to build a Lego college campus. I came up the idea when I saw the monumental building projects that my fellow members of the Michigan Lego User Group ( http://www.michlug.org ) were creating.

I decided that I wanted to build similar things, but couldn't get any inspiration. Then I realized that I could get excited about the cool architecture of my old college campus. I decided to try my hands at some of RPI's green roofed (copper) buildings. Besides, at the time, few people were using the "sand green" color as roofing material, and I thought my building would be fairly unique in that way.

I chose the Troy building because of the front columns, and relatively easy shape. Many of RPI's buildings are "L" shaped, or otherwise difficult to imagine. Also, there was a fair amount of photography available online for this building. I focused on solving a few of the details - such as the corner brickwork and column tops, and otherwise keep the building simple.

I initially modelled the building in LDraw using MLCAD. This was for several reasons. First, I didn't have nearly the necessary pieces (I only had about a handful of windows, for example) to construct it after I planned it out. Also, I had nowhere in my house to keep a partially constructed lego model, as my one year old daughter would have certainly destroyed it (if not eaten it!). So I used LDraw as a way to prototype, and also plan what pieces I would need to buy.

I am fairly happy with how it came out, and I hope to add more RPI green roofed buildings to the overall project at some later date.



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   David Kohrman's beautiful photo. The train track was a layout anomoly. There really shouldn't be track right in front of the building.



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   The Troy building shown with my freind (and former co-worker), Brian Minnebo's, townhouses. These were setup on a layout in our office for awhile (until I was laid off).



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   A close up of the columns.



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   A student leaves class.



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   Ivy on the side of the building. It is supposed to be fall ivy, but I don't know if it is a good effect.



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   More ivy.



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   The back door. This is the door that actually faces the street on the real campus.



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   The roof with random greeblies. I don't know what is really up there. I suspect a skylight, however.



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   Construction. Note my wife's laptop in the background. I used a mac, so I had to borrow her machine to run MLCAD.



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   Constructing the second floor. This project took me all of 2 days (about 6 hrs total) to construct once all the pieces arrived from various bricklink vendors.



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   A quick MLCAD render.



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   The real columns. This picture was a great help in my modelling. Note the corner brickwork in the upper right hand of the photo.



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   The real RPI Troy building. The roof isn't green here because the roof was just redone (1997) as this picture was taken. Its copper, and it will take some time for the petina to emerge.



Comments

 I like it 
  January 27, 2012
This is a perfect replica! This is flawless. I walk by it every day going to Sage and the Walker Lab. I'm a chemistry major, Class of 2014. You're next RPI build should be the best green-roofed of them all, Phi Kappa Theta's Ski Lodge (im a brother there).
 I like it 
  January 27, 2012
This is a perfect replica! This is flawless. I walk by it every day going to Sage and the Walker Lab. I'm a chemistry major, Class of 2014. You're next RPI build should be the best green-roofed of them all, Phi Kappa Theta's Ski Lodge (im a brother there).
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  February 16, 2009
Amazing rendition! I like the personal touches you added to the building. This building really is incredible, not much else to say, when you get to this level the work speaks for itself. If you have a minute I'd appreciate any comment & rating on any of my creations, thanks! Again, fabulous job!
 I like it 
  April 29, 2006
The design is great and the colours even better
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  October 23, 2005
Stunning reproduction of a very worthy building. Excellent all around.
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  February 23, 2005
i disagree with fortress guy, if you can read this, the walls are red, the roof sand green, the grass green and the clothes multiple colours
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  August 19, 2004
Was this part of the contest they had at RPI in the late 90's to build a Lego campus building? It looks really great! Brings back fond memories of uh, really hard classes and exams and um, waiting in line at the Bursar's office... But the model's great! Really nice job! ;)
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  April 21, 2004
Amazing. A truly great model! the way you built this building is simply Awesome. I really like the pillar design too.
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  March 28, 2004
Nice work! Very detailed!
 
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