Residence Hall Renovations & Merry Lea construction
Photos by Jodi H. Beyeler
of a new $3.28 million, four-story apartment-style building on
campus, to house seniors in 16 apartments began in June, with the
intention of being completed by the fall of 2005. The building
will house 64 seniors, and each apartment will have four single
rooms (though sharing will be an option for students who want to
save money), two baths, living space and a kitchen.
According to Vice President for Student Life Bill Born, the 25,000-square
foot apartment-style building will be “very residential in
feel,” with distinctive architecture, that is at the same
time visually related to campus in design.
The building’s design incorporates a number of unique features,
making it both aesthetically attractive and environmentally friendly.
The building’s design resembles that of Kulp Hall, the college’s
first permanent residence hall built in 1906, with its roof lines,
windows, finish and front balcony. Another unique feature of the
building is that the attic space is also used efficiently as apartments
with spiral staircases and a loft overlooking the living space.
Some of the “green” aspects of the building include
metal roofing, an environmentally sensitive climate control system
and plenty of natural lighting.
Over the past three years, the number of seniors who chose to live
on campus has increased. In the fall of 2001, 19 percent of seniors
chose to live on campus. In the fall of 2003, the percentage rose
to 39 percent of seniors.
Related to the building of apartments for seniors is a change in
residency criteria for students to live off-campus, with the goal
of having more seniors living on campus. The off-campus living
eligibility will change from those who have 90-plus credit hours
earned to those with 112-plus credit hours earned; from age 22
at the outset of the semester to age 23 during a semester; from
living only with parents to living with immediate family members.
The change will first affect the eligibility to live off campus
of the class of 2008. Current students will have the choices currently
in place for housing, along with the additional housing option
Merry Lea construction
Lea Environmental Learning Center is beginning construction of
of a new environmentally-friendly collegiate facility in September,
with four cottages being constructed during 2004-05, and phase
will include a 20,000 square feet academic building and three cottages
all designed for maximum sustainability and conservation. When
collegiate facility is fully functional, Merry Lea will be the
site of two 10-week tracks of courses during the summer growing
a natural history track focused on wetlands and a track in agroecology,
which uses the study of ecology as the starting point for developing
sustainable methods of growing food. The facility will also be
home to graduate students pursuing fieldwork in environmental
provide space for eight students. In addition, semester-long
programs will be designed for interdisciplinary studies in
this new learning
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