Even though classes have ended and most residence halls are empty, there’s still plenty going on around Messiah. This summer, the campus has been alive with renovations and continued construction projects. Here are four of the major projects you should know about:
- Sollenberger Sports Center
The Sollenberger Sports Center addition is expected to be complete by August 2017, with the new gym completed by May 1, 2017. The construction crew is currently working on the foundation and is expecting steel to arrive in the next few days. As the building takes shape, the portion of College Avenue running by Sollenberger will reopen on August 20. Vice President of Operations, Kathie Shafer, says students should expect the same traffic patterns around the Sports Center as last spring. She says the pool and the gym will be open for student use this year amidst the renovations.
Mellinger Apartments was built in 1985 and is getting a facelift after it was last renovated in 2001. Shafer describes this project as a “major overhaul” with all new kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, paint, windows and upgrades to the heating and air conditioning system. The crew is aiming to complete the renovation by August 15 in time for early arrival students.
3. Athletic Training Room
Since the athletic training room renovation received late approval, you may not have heard about this project. Located in the basement of Eisenhower across from the weight room, the athletic training room is being overhauled this summer. The project includes new equipment, carpet and paint.
4. Winding Hill Facility
Another recent Messiah project is leasing part of a building on Winding Hill Road from Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates Architects. The building will house graduate programs including occupational therapy, physical therapy and more. Crews have already renovated two floors to create classrooms and office space for faculty. Shafer says staff will start moving in next week, and the building will be in full use the first week of July.
Want to keep up with the latest campus construction? Check back with the Pulse this summer to see more photos and updates.
Madeline Crocenzi, Editor-in-Chief
Pug lover, Christ-follower, runner and peanut butter enthusiast.