Construction on a multi-million dollar renovation project is well underway at Alderson Broaddus University. Well into the third month of construction, contractors are busy renovating Heiner Hall and the Hamer Center facility into a service-oriented, centralized Campus Center.
The completed campus center will provide a full complement of services to students in one campus location, including a post office, a fitness center, a café, a bookstore, as well as gathering spaces for students providing easily accessible technology.
Students were invited to be part of the “demolition” back in November when they were given the opportunity to swing a sledge hammer against a few walls on the lower level of Hamer Center which housed the former student union. “We wanted to make sure that the students had ‘buy-in’ for this large campus project, especially since there would be minor inconveniences throughout the construction process,” explained Mendi Simon, Director of Marketing and Communications. One of the minor inconveniences is that students have somewhat of a longer walk to the only entrance to the cafeteria. Other entrances have been barricaded for safety and construction purposes.
Construction of the Campus Center will continue through summer break and into the Fall semester. It is anticipated that the renovated facilities will be open to the campus community and public in January 2012.
Visitors to campus are encouraged to check out the “visitors” tab on the College’s newly redesigned website at www.ab.edu. There, visitors will find a map that explains the easiest access into Heiner Hall and the campus’s dining facilities. **
AB University officials note that detailed planning for these projects and others will continue with the assistance of the architectural firm Celli-Flynn Brennan of Pittsburgh, PA, and outside consultants for facilities planning, Partners Development of Knoxville, TN.
Alderson Broaddus University is a health-related and professional educational institution firmly rooted in the liberal arts. Alderson Broaddus University is located in Philippi, West Virginia, and affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA, the West Virginia Baptist Convention, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
** a detailed glimpse of the AB University Campus map shows the construction entrance to Heiner Hall. Please obey all traffic and directional signs for safety purposes.