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Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Media Advisory:
Goshen College breaks ground on residence hall renovations;
May 21 ice cream celebration will mark beginning

GOSHEN, Ind. – The first permanent residence hall to serve Goshen College students, built three years after the school located to Goshen in 1903, was Kulp Hall. It is appropriate then that Kulp Hall will be the first residence hall renovated in a “likely to exceed $8.5 million” upgrade to all the living spaces on campus over the next year and a half, according to GC Vice President of Student Life Bill Born.

In an effort to celebrate the beginning of the residence hall renovations, a special homemade ice cream social and honoring of the historical building will take place this Wednesday, May 21 at 1 p.m. on the steps of Kulp Hall.

The event will also feature a brief history of and odes to Kulp Hall, the current floor plan designs for all renovations and attendees will have an opportunity to walk away with a piece of Kulp Hall as memorabilia. Born, the architect and the construction contractor will be on hand to answer questions and give interviews.

Kulp Hall now houses two floors of full-time female students and a small group house, for a total of 72 beds. When renovations are complete this summer, it will accommodate 76 beds, two more small group housing spaces, significant bathroom renovations, stairwell reconfigurations, new lounge and kitchen space on second and third floors. Renovations will begin May 27 and continue through the summer. Square footage of Yoder Hall restrooms will be doubled this summer.

Eventually, renovations will be made on all dormitories. Kratz Hall will be renovated in fall 2003, Miller Hall in spring 2004, Yoder Hall and the new connector in summer 2004 and Coffman Hall in fall 2004.

The renovations across campus will add bed space, address American Disabilities Act issues, address fire safety codes by upgrading campus wiring and adding sprinkler systems, offer new heating and cooling options and attend to aesthetic needs.

Renovations will be made with a $6.9 million bond issue received last year, which has to be used by May 2005 and is only for residence hall renovations. The college also received a $2 million grant from the Lilly Foundation Inc. to be used to build a connector between Kratz, Miller and Yoder Halls, providing common program and living areas while maintaining bed space.

The architectural plans and construction are being done by MPA Architects in South Bend, Ind., and Casteel Construction, which completed the new Music Center in 2002.

Residence Hall history:

1903 East Hall erected
1906 Kulp Hall erected
1916 East Hall relocated, renamed North Hall
1929 Coffman Hall erected
1930 Kulp Hall rebuilt and enlarged
1950 Westlawn residence hall erected
1961 Yoder Hall erected
1964 Kratz Hall erected
1966 Miller Hall erected
1989 Yoder Hall renovated

Interesting historical facts:

In 1904, women lived in East Hall, paying 75 cents per week for a double room (including heat, light, and 12 pieces of laundry). Meals were $1.85 per week or $22 for three-month terms. Room and board costs for students in 2003 were $5,060.

The projected costs of original Kulp Hall construction during the summer of 1906 were $11,000.

Among the first recorded campus pranks, was a late-evening deposit of three sheep in the Kulp second hallway on April Fool’s Day, 1907. Male students were the perpetrators.

The college dining hall was located in Kulp Hall basement from 1906 to1950.

Mid-1970s warnings from fire marshal led to closing of upper two floors of Kulp Hall in interest of student safety. A two-phase renovation project begun in 1979 allowed students to move back into the second floor by 1979-80. Total projected renovation costs at that point were $360,000, of which GC alumni women, under leadership of Harriet Lapp Burkholder and the late Mildred Hostetler Hartzler, set a goal of raising $176,000.

Goshen College is a national liberal arts college known for leadership in international education, service-learning and peace and justice issues in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program and exceptional educational value, GC serves about 1,000 students in both traditional and nontraditional programs. The college earned citations of excellence among U.S.News & World Report and Barron’s Best Buys in Higher Education. For more information, visit https://www.goshen.edu.


Editors: For information, contact Jodi H. Beyeler at jodihb@goshen.eduor (574) 535-7572.


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