Renovations: The Show Must Go On
Despite economic uncertainty, the College will invest, on average, more than $1 million per month this fiscal year in construction projects. "Hamilton has a beautiful and historic campus," says Vice President for Administration and Finance Karen Leach, "and it is important that it be maintained well and upgraded to support modern program needs." Renovations at Steuben Field and Bundy East and West are only two of several major summer construction projects on the Hill. Others:
- The largest project is the ongoing $10.7 million renovation and expansion of Emerson Hall into a student center. When completed in fall 2010, the campus landmark will house the College Store, a café, the radio station, lounges, offices and meeting spaces for student organizations. In the works for nearly a decade, the project got a green light from the Board of Trustees in June when it was found that the economic slowdown would in fact lower construction costs.
- Phase Two of the renovation and expansion of the Kirner-Johnson Building was wrapped up with the reopening of the Red Pit, the return of the History, Communication and Sociology departments and the completion of audio-visual and other systems.
North and South Courts were razed to create a new green space
and realign Martin's Way in front of Dunham Hall.
- Benedict Hall received a new energy-efficient heating system, new windows and new entrance steps.