A premier institution of higher education with an emphasis on community, Centre College recently completed several summer campus enhancements. Upgrades and renovations were made to many aspects of the College, from student housing to classroom buildings to athletic facilities.
Some of the most noticeable changes were made in and around Old Centre, the College’s most iconic building. In an effort to strengthen the visitor experience for prospective students and their families, a welcome and reception area was created, the entire second floor was renovated to make room for a new Admission gathering area—with a capacity to hold more than 50 guests—and additional offices were built. Hardwood floors, stairs and handrails were refinished as part of the project, and paint, draperies and furnishings upstairs have been updated, creating a handsome space that will make a positive impression on the more than 3,000 campus visitors Centre hosts each year.
In addition, the Business office and Admission office switched locations, with Admission and Financial Aid now located in Boles Hall and Business in Horky House. The move of the Admission office to the Old Centre quad—no easy task, as 29 staff members swapped places—coupled with the creation of 15 new parking spots behind Bingham Hall, will make Admission much more accessible to visiting prospective students and their parents.
Properties at the 16 South Campus parcels recently purchased by Centre were razed, surveyed and tested for hazardous materials to make way for new athletic complexes in the coming year, including locker rooms, public restrooms and a concessions area. As with any construction Centre undertakes, it was done with an eye toward sustainability, and approximately 70 percent of the materials were recycled. Soon work will begin on a new grass soccer field, which will be regulation size, have a north-south orientation and include seating similar to what’s available at the softball field. The hope is to have the soccer field ready for matches in the fall of 2016.
Many other athletics renovations occurred, such as updates to the locker rooms in Sutcliffe Hall, which were renovated to include new floors, custom carpet, drop ceilings, air conditioning, swipe card access and LED lighting.The tennis courts were also resurfaced.
Major upgrades were made to Nevin Hall to accommodate both male and female first-year students, making this the first time the building has been co-ed by floor (in fact, all first-year residence halls on campus are now co-ed). The major renovation encompassed the bathrooms to include LED lighting, interior painting and the installation of new lounge furniture.
Renovations were also completed on the “Bungalow,” the house that journeyed from North Fifth Street last winter to its current location at 859 West Walnut Street, to create new student housing. It is now home to 10 upperclass students.
The Jones Visual Arts Center (JVAC) received updates on the first floor to accommodate a new faculty office, add a storage room, expand a classroom and rebuild the hot glass furnace.
“All of the repairs and renovations—like those in the Nevin bathrooms, 839 Walnut and the locker room upgrades—are just part of work we do every summer,” Director of Facilities Management Wayne King explained. “Our goal remains to provide a safe, comfortable living and learning experience for our students.”
Other touch-ups included giving the exterior of all the Old Quad buildings a fresh coat of paint and window replacements at 122 St. Mildred’s Court and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Kappa Tau and Sigma Chi fraternity houses. New roofs were installed on Rhodes, 518 Grant, Crounse’s fourth floor offices and the storage building on Harding Street.
Centre President John A. Roush noted that the busy summer months spent improving campus will strengthen and support Centre’s overall educational enterprise.
“Centre continues on a path of modest and measured growth, and the many projects completed this summer will surely make us better, stronger and faster,” Roush said.
Photo (top of page): the Isaac Shelby Room in Old Centre
by Centre College News
September 7, 2015