While you have been enjoying your summer break, the $12.5 million housing construction in what is known as The Village has moved along quickly and ahead of schedule.
Eight new residence halls in total, including six apartment-style halls, and a community center will be added to two existing residence halls in an area located just across the railroad tracks from the main campus. The design and layout of the facilities, which provide 197 beds, will be a first for the College in its design and layout.
Work on the project began in the fall of 2016, and a mild winter has allowed construction to be several weeks ahead. Currently, three of the buildings will be ready to open by Aug. 5. The other five residence halls in The Village are scheduled to be ready by Aug. 17.
The design of The Village is centered on an apartment style layout with the goal of preparing upper class students for their transition to post-college life. The units have a shared living room and kitchen and three bedrooms with two students in each and three full bathrooms for a 3:1 ratio. There is a shared covered porch for each unit as well.
The community building will house living room/study spaces, a workout room, central laundry and mailboxes for the residents, a game room, an office/copy center, kitchen, dining room and two different size classrooms along with an apartment for the resident director. The building was designed to be the hub of student activity as well as a place for other campus functions. The community center is still under construction and is scheduled to be finished in the fall semester.
The Village features building standards that meet the college’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2025. The overall layout of the project promotes walkability, has bike racks and recycling stations, highly insulated exterior wall design, highly efficient mechanical design, LED light fixtures with energy efficient control systems and an innovative storm water management design.
Other improvements include the updating of the exterior of the train depot that currently houses the College’s athletic training program. Several parking lots, including a recently created overflow lot near the depot, have been paved as well.
*Total square footage of the project is approximately 55,000 square feet with 165 parking spaces.