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From the 8/26/06 Toledo Blade:

 

PHOTO: Workers tore down the elevator and stairwell shafts at BGSU's Sebo Athletic Center so work could begin again next week.  ( THE BLADE/ALLAN DETRICH )

 

Errors force BGSU to redo work on Sebo athletic site

By JENNIFER FEEHAN

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

BOWLING GREEN - When some of the walls of Bowling Green State University's new Sebo Athletic Center began cracking weeks after the concrete block was placed, officials knew something was wrong.

 

The masonry subcontractor had failed to fill in the walls in some places with grout, had not put all the required reinforcement bars into place, and had not properly overlapped those bars in some areas.

 

READ MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060826/NEWS17/608260393/-1/RSS08

 

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From the 9/10/06 Toledo Blade:

 

PHOTO: The free shuttle from the College Park Enclave, at Klotz and Napoleon roads, returns to the complex after making a run to the Bowling Green State University campus.  ( THE BLADE/LORI KING )

 

PHOTO: Bowling Green student Laura Frederick takes advantage of the pool at the College Park Enclave apartment complex.  ( THE BLADE/LORI KING )

 

Renters in B.G. in demand after building surge

Landlords offering incentives

By JENNIFER FEEHAN

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

BOWLING GREEN - Not too many years ago, Bowling Green State University students who hadn't lined up a place to live before school started were out of luck.  Not so this year.  While BGSU has seen some increases in enrollment in recent years, the city has experienced an explosion in apartment construction. Since 2000, 536 apartments with a total of 1,752 bedrooms have been built, according to records on file with the city planning department.

 

Among those, the 200-unit Copper Beech Townhomes opened last year at Dunbridge and Napoleon roads, and College Park Enclave at Klotz and Napoleon roads opened 120 units in 2001 and 144 more this summer. Each of the 264 apartments at the Enclave has four bedrooms.

 

Full story at http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060910/NEWS17/609100324/-1/RSS08

 

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From BG News, 9/25/06:

 

 

Grad students discuss BG development

By: Megan Yodzis

Issue date: 9/25/06 Section: Campus

 

The Dunbridge project, Bursarables and new surveys for graduate students were three of the topics the GSS meeting highlighted on Friday.

 

On the other side of Interstate 75 is about 90 acres of land that the University has plans to work with.

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http://www.bgnews.com/media/storage/paper883/news/2006/09/25/Campus/Grad-Students.Discuss.Bg.Development-2305486.shtml?norewrite200609270125&sourcedomain=www.bgnews.com

 

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From the 1/18/07 BG News:

 

 

Plan being put into place, needs financial backing

By: Chris Voloschuk

Issue date: 1/18/07 Section: Sports

 

What will the University's athletic facilities look like in 2027? It is a question that an increasing number of people are asking these days, and one that the University is looking to answer.

 

Currently, the buildings housing the University's four major sports are a mix of good, bad and especially old parts.

 

www.bgnews.com/media/storage/paper883/news/2007/01/18/Sports/Plan-Being.Put.Into.Place.Needs.Financial.Backing-2652900.shtml]http://media.www.bgnews.com/media/storage/paper883/news/2007/01/18/Sports/Plan-Being.Put.Into.Place.Needs.Financial.Backing-2652900.shtml

 

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From the 1/23/07 BG News:

 

 

Construction continues on Sebo Center

By: Megan Yodzis

Issue date: 1/23/07 Section: Campus

 

Complete with weight rooms, sports medicine facilities, board rooms and therapy pools for athletes, the Sebo Center is moving along quickly.

 

Paint, dry walls and minor electrical details is all the new Sebo Center has to look forward to before the grand opening.

 

www.bgnews.com/media/storage/paper883/news/2007/01/23/Campus/Construction.Continues.On.Sebo.Center-2668359.shtml]http://media.www.bgnews.com/media/storage/paper883/news/2007/01/23/Campus/Construction.Continues.On.Sebo.Center-2668359.shtml

 

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Mac Dining Hall gets a makeover

By: Freddy Hunt, BG News

Issue date: 3/1/07 Section: Campus

 

Future McDonald and Offenhauer residents will have to choose between growling stomachs and sore legs.  A $13 million renovations proposal for McDonald Dining Hall has been approved, with construction planned for May 2008 to January 2010.

 

MORE: http://www.bgnews.com/media/storage/paper883/news/2007/03/01/Campus/Mac-Dining.Hall.Gets.A.Makeover-2750763.shtml

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Buildings to conserve energy

By: Alexandria Clark, BG News

Issue date: 3/1/07 Section: Campus

 

The BGSU Office of Design and Construction is making it key to upgrade buildings for energy conservational performance, while planning to shape performance use of environmental sustainability for new buildings.

 

There are 40 campus buildings on the energy audit list to be improved, such as for window replacements, heating and cooling and system controls and mechanical upgrades.

 

MORE: http://www.bgnews.com/media/storage/paper883/news/2007/03/01/Campus/Buildings.To.Conserve.Energy-2750759.shtml

 

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http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070324/NEWS17/70324014/-1/NEWS

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Article published March 24, 2007

 

BGSU board approves environmental school

 

 

BOWLING GREEN — The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees yesterday approved the creation of a new School of Earth, Environment, and Society.

 

The school, which begins operations July 1, will house the university’s departments of geology and geography and the Center for Environmental Programs. Charles Onasch, director of the school and professor of geology, said the new school will facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and research...

 

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Just when I thought Bowling Green couldn't be any more "hippie," they go and do this. God bless 'em. First the wind-powered city, now a school of Earth, Enviorment, and Society. Bowling Green has easily become a hub of the green movement in the Midwest. As far as Ohio schools go, they've even surpassed us at OU...

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A BGSU press release:

 

Goal for Sebo Athletic Center reached

 

BOWLING GREEN, O. — Bowling Green State University's major fund-raising effort, “Building Dreams: The Centennial Campaign for BGSU” has reached $110 million and significant milestones with two of its priority projects. 

 

BGSU Director of Athletics Greg Christopher recently announced the department has achieved its fund-raising goal of $7.7 million for the Sebo Athletic Center, one of the major capital projects for the Building Dreams Campaign.  The Sebo Athletic Center is the first building constructed exclusively for intercollegiate athletics since Doyt L. Perry Stadium was opened in 1966.

 

“Successful completion of fund raising for the Sebo Athletic Center is evidence of what the Bowling Green family can accomplish,” said Christopher.  “It's also a credit to the vision and support of many people—first and foremost, to Bob Sebo for his leadership and tremendous generosity, and here on campus, President Ribeau and (former Athletic Director) Paul Krebs pushed the facility forward.”

 

J. Robert “Bob” Sebo of Salem, Ohio, pledged $4.45 million over five years as his commitment to the Building Dreams Campaign.  In addition to his $3.5 million gift to the Sebo Athletic Center, he also supported several additional University initiatives, including expansion of the Sebo Entrepreneurship Lecture Series, a jazz studies scholarship, a spring musical concert in the College of Musical Arts and a WBGU-PBS documentary about successful regional entrepreneurs.

 

The Sebo Athletic Center will be completed this spring, and the official dedication will take place at the first home football game next season.

 

“I think this is a tremendous first step in providing the necessary resources to our athletic program in helping our student athletes learn about leadership, action and strategy,” said Sebo.  “Excellent athletic teams unite the student body so they can enjoy, love and support the University.  This creates enthusiasm and engages both our students and alumni who support the University.”

 

The privately funded center, located in the north end zone of Perry Stadium, will become the stadium's new front entrance.  At approximately 33,500 square feet, the new two-story building will feature an expanded and state-of-the-art sports medicine and rehabilitation facility and a strength and conditioning area for all University student athletes.

 

Football coaches' offices, a video equipment and viewing room, team meeting rooms and conference rooms will enhance currently available facilities.  A heritage room and an outdoor pavilion overlooking the playing field also are part of the project.

 

“To sustain excellence throughout the Department of Athletics, it is essential that we address several pressing facility needs,” said BGSU President Sidney A. Ribeau.  “We have outgrown our sports medicine/rehabilitation and strength/training facilities.  Our teaching, meeting and coaching space must be expanded and technologically upgraded.  The addition of the Sebo Athletic Center will meet both of these needs and all programs will benefit.”

 

In addition to reaching the $110 million mark in its $120 million overall campaign goal, the University also recently surpassed by $300,000 its $40 million goal for the campaign initiative targeted at sustaining the University.  These funds help ensure the future growth and success of BGSU, funding distinctive classroom, research and extracurricular programs; enhancing student life; and providing students opportunities.  The Building Dream Campaign runs through December 2008.

 

http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/mc/news/2007/news28144.html

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From the 5/4/07 Blade:

 

Findlay pair give $750,000 to BGSU for theater plans

BLADE STAFF

 

BOWLING GREEN — A Findlay couple is giving $750,000 to Bowling Green State University that will provide for the main theater in the planned Wolfe Center for the Arts.  Thomas and Kathleen Donnell, who announced their gift yesterday, said they are particularly excited about the university’s collaborative plans to incorporate theater, film, music, and digital art into the center.

 

In addition to the theater, the arts center will have classrooms and production and studio spaces.  In February, 2005, Frederic and Mary Wolfe of Perrysburg donated $1.5 million for the arts building that will bear their name.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070504/NEWS18/70504018/-1/RSS09

 

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From the 5/30/07 BG News:

 

The Doyt gets a facelift

By: Chayse Held

Issue date: 5/30/07 Section: Sports

 

Nov. 15, 2006.  Doyt L. Perry Stadium.  The Mud Bowl.  In what should have been a chance to showcase Bowling Green and MAC football to a nationwide audience on ESPN, the 9-7 Miami Redhawks' victory over BGSU served more as a wake-up call to those around the Falcon football program that the Doyt was in need of an extreme makeover.

 

MORE: http://www.bgnews.com/media/storage/paper883/news/2007/05/30/Sports/The-Doyt.Gets.A.Facelift-2909882.shtml

 

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From the 6/13/07 BG News:

 

BGSU unveils Sebo Center

By: Chayse Held

Issue date: 6/13/07 Section: Sports

 

If you build it, they will come.  Although the notion of the Sebo Athletic Center did not come from a voice in the sky, the idea that a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility, with athletic department suites, meeting spaces and football offices, would improve the overall attractiveness of BGSU athletic programs to prospective recruits and fans seemed obvious.

 

MORE: http://www.bgnews.com/media/storage/paper883/news/2007/06/13/Sports/Bgsu-Unveils.Sebo.Center-2914592.shtml

 

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From the 6/27/07 BG News:

 

University halts progress on Dunbridge

By: Tim Sampson

Issue date: 6/27/07 Section: Campus

 

Following criticism from a number of campus and community groups, the University on Friday told the Board of Trustees it wouldn't proceed with the proposed Dunbridge learning community.

 

Many opposed the project due to environmental concerns and fears that its location, east of Interstate 75 on Dunbridge Road near the Copper Beach Townhomes, would fracture the campus community.

 

At Friday's meeting, Thomas Trimboli, University general counsel, recommended against going forward with any plans at this time after a feasibility study for the project had been conducted.

 

MORE: http://www.bgnews.com/media/storage/paper883/news/2007/06/27/Campus/University.Halts.Progress.On.Dunbridge-2918690.shtml

 

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From BG News, 7/11/07:

 

Demolition plans move forward

By: Amanda Hoover

Issue date: 7/11/07 Section: Campus

 

In case it wasn't obvious already, the newly erected fence around Saddlemire Student Services building should make it clear to all that the building is coming down.  Recently, the University accepted bids from three contractors to carry out the demolition of the building.

 

MORE: http://www.bgnews.com/media/storage/paper883/news/2007/07/11/Campus/Demolition.Plans.Move.Forward-2922382.shtml

 

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that's aggravating that the stadium is going to artifical turf. doyt perry will rightously rise from the grave and haunt them for that move -- too bad.

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i got the 'ol alumni magazine today. this was all new to me, but it looks like bgsu is jumping on the starchitecture bandwagon  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:......sorry couldn't help it  :wink:  .....by getting snohetta for the new wolfe center for the arts.

 

 

presenting the bgsu wolfe center for the arts

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bgsu's video about it

 

snohetta info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sn%C3%B8hetta_(company)

 

http://www.snoarc.no/

 

 

some snohetta buildings:

 

 

biblioteca alexandria

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norwegian national opera house

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world trade center memorial museum

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lilehammer olympic art museum

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turner museum (postponed)

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i can't believe that they had to tear down the googie-era spaceship saddlemire student services center to do it. true you only went in there once in a blue moon, but why build here? i mean why not build it north of the music building in the ocean of parking lots? um, oh......  :roll: so instead the fools tore down the only austin powers-like semi-groovy building on the whole campus, which otherwise looks like a dull brown prison.  :whip:

 

oh well.

 

:shoot:  so here we go --- enjoy some destruct-o-porn!!!  :shoot:

 

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r.i.p. saddlemire

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BGSU Unveils Design Of The Stroh Center

Bowling Green basketball and volleyball will have a new home in 2011-12.

Dec. 3, 2008

 

Bowling Green, Ohio - Bowling Green State University revealed the design of its new, 5,000-seat arena, The Stroh Center.  Construction of the state-of-the-art center is slated to begin in Fall 2009 and be completed in late 2011.

 

The Stroh center will serve as the new home for Falcon basketball and volleyball and be used for graduation and other campus and public events.  Rossetti Associates Inc., a Southfield, Mich. Architectural firm and URS Group, Inc., a Cleveland engineering firm, are designing the center.

 

The $36 million dollar arena will be funded through a combination of private gift support and debt service.  To date, the University has raised $12.8 million of the $14 million private fund-raising goal.

 

MORE: http://www.bgnews.com

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I love that name. It will instantly be "Stroh's Center."

 

But I gotta admit, it's way too damn small for a D1 school. Christ, there's 20,000 students there. This will barely be big enough for commencement...

 

I honestly thought BG would at least add 1000 or 2000 more seats for a new arena, but instead, they're going the Anderson route. I don't agree with it, and I don't even see the point of spending money to build another arena of the same size. Anderson can at least get away with the excuse that it's old and has a great atmosphere. This is just a bad investment. Christ, BG's hockey arena is the same size as this!

 

Stop this project, renovate Anderson, and don't look back. Anderson actually has a pretty old-school college bastketball feel and gets respect for that. I don't see any point in replacing a venerable venue like Anderson Arena if the new one is not even going to fix Anderson's biggest problem, lack of capacity.

 

"The Stroh Center will provide us with one of the best venues in the country, not just in our conference," Kermit Stroh said. "We want opponents to know they are in for a tough fight every time they come to BG."

 

At this size, no. They could at least match their arch rival Toledo and do 7500 or 8000 basketball capacity (basketball capacity went down 1500 after renovations at Savage Hall). That's about average in the MAC, though it always amazes me how much size variance there is in the conference. You've got the behemoth Convo at OU which holds over 13,000 and then you've got the JAR and Anderson which only hold 5,000! The MAC venues are all over the board in quality too. Ironically, the renovated Toledo arena may now actually be the best overall quality, even though it lost basketball capacity. The "new" Savage Hall has been getting loads of positive press, and I have a feeling BG announced their arena on UT's opening day just to steal some thunder. Frankly, Stroh's doesn't deserve it. Those renderings leave a lot to be desired. Not only is it undersized for a D1 school, it also is ugly, especially the sheet metal exterior. I'm pissed as hell that a state-funded school is wasting money on a project like this.

 

Well, at least the depression next year should stop it.

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i 100% agree with everything you said. and i was just waiting for you to get to the freakin sheet metal. ain't that something? can you believe it? cheap junk! bah! it looks more appropriate for the firelands campus.

 

yes indeed anderson is very cozy arena, its a shame. i hope they arent tearing it down, are they?

 

:whip:  :whip:  :whip:

 

btw here is the new sebo center at the stadium:

 

$7.7 million Sebo Athletic Center, $966,000 for FieldTurf, and minor stadium upgrades

 

Student athletes from BGSU's 18 varsity sports will use the Sebo Athletic Center for training and treatment.

The football team's locker room is now housed there, as are meeting rooms and offices.

 

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I've been saying the same thing to my friends about the capacity! I read that this was going to be very similar to gonzagas "kennel" which is a nice venue for a private school that has an enrollement of about 4500. A little different than a state school with an enrollment of about 22,500. They need to bump up the capacity to about 8,000 if they are really interested in playing with the big boys.

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Wow, that arena looks great!  I've never been to a BB game at BGSU, but I hear the current arena is pretty small.  MAC schools are really throwing some cash at the athletic facilities right now.  Rumor has it that Akron will be building a new BB arena downtown in the future.  Lebron and Nike may be involved, but right now there are only renderings of the building, nothing official. 

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i encourage you to go see the zips at bg at memorial hall while you can. its a wonderful bb arena. being small and old school styled, its a very energetic place to see the game.

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^In terms of athletic facilities, no doubt about that. :wink:

 

The one positive I'll give BG athletics is that they actually have a decent-sized hockey arena. Most schools in Ohio do not. The BG hockey arena is probably the largest hockey-only college arena in the state. And to be honest, though miniscule for a school the size of BG, Anderson Arena has charm.

 

Seriously, what are the chances that a new basketball arena will actually get built? Ohio is in a deep depression and the state is slashing budgets at every school.

 

The $36 million dollar arena will be funded through a combination of private gift support and debt service. To date, the University has raised $12.8 million of the $14 million private fund-raising goal.

 

$12.8 million not even close to the $36 million price tag. And what the hell is debt service supposed to mean? Is that even remotely logical in a state as far-gone as Ohio?

 

I bet a case Stroh's never gets built. :roll:

 

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Eh!  Nothing beats the Glass Bowl or Savage Hall...GO ROCKETS!  :wink2:

 

ahem, the falcons do!  :laugh:

 

BGSU currently holds a 36–31–4 advantage over the Rockets in "The Battle for I-75."

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Great news!

 

Article published March 05, 2009

BGSU students seeking to reverse arena support

By JC REINDL

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

BOWLING GREEN - The student opposition movement to a new arena at Bowling Green State University has changed tactics and is now aiming to overturn the student government's resolution of support for the planned $36 million Stroh Center athletics and events venue.

 

CONTINUED on Blade site

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090305/NEWS04/903050348

 

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at first i thought oh cool good eye c-dawg, everybody came to their senses about this hideous arena.

 

.....but then i read the article and my heart sunk:

 

"Many Stroh Center opponents take issue with the $60 per-semester fees that students would be charged beginning in 2011 when the arena is scheduled to be finished. The fees would last until the project's debt is paid off."

 

so it turns out they are just cheapskates! nobody has any issue at all with the new arena being a butt ugly tin shack.  :roll:

 

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^I think they're publicly saying "we're not for or against the arena" (you saw that in the video on the Blade site), but deep down, I have a feeling they're pissed about how small/crappy it will be too (waste of money). When you're trying to get political support, you want to get as many people as you can. You sometimes don't publicly say everything you feel because it might risk turning off potential supporters. They're probably not saying the arena is ugly/too small because they're afraid to, or it will lead to the inevitable "UT has better athletic facilities than BG."

 

But still, anything to stop the arena from being built is a good thing in my book. It is a waste of money and an unfair burden on the students. BG should only build an arena if they're ready to do it right, meaning 7,000-8,000 seats (seems about right in the MAC these days- look at UT's success), and actually put up a quality product that will be respected for generations. Stroh's falls way short. It's something you'd spend 36 million dollars on and regret the next day. If BG kids wanted to live in regret, they'd just go to Skybar and pick up a freshman.

 

 

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your assumptions may or may not be correct, but the facts is all they said outright was they didn't want to pay the fee.

 

now i'd like for you to be right, because it would restore my good faith in the architectural taste of the bg students, but going on that article and the looks of the rest of the campus, i think thats hoping for too much don't you?

 

also, even though they are rivals in sports, it's much more likely that bgsu would compare itself to its ugly twin sister school kent state than it ever would to toledo's ut or tu or whatever-they-are-calling-it-this-year college.

 

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^true, Kent and BG share the same history (teacher schools), and look more alike (way too much of that modernist sh!t).

 

At least BG has a more functional college town though. BG downtown/student neighborhoods > Kent downtown/student neighborhoods. Kent is a majority commuter school. BG should really be comparing themselves with Miami. :wink:

 

And I think in terms of MAC athletics these days where all the dominant programs have fallen, comparing any two programs is like comparing a Ford Contour with a Dodge Neon. You're getting there slow either way...

 

And honestly, Stroh's Center would be the Dodge Neon of MAC arenas.

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