|Summer Mund Construction
Visitors to Lebanon Valley College’s campus this summer will encounter changes. With the Mund College Center construction progressing, the building is closed to the general public and all offices with the exception of dining services several offices have been relocated. For an update on the summer progress, read on!
Renovation of the entire building has started with the exception of Leedy Theater. An essential feature of the building, the theater will stay unchanged with the exclusion of an improved storage area. Beginning shortly after graduation, it took just eight days for the first floor and portions of the Mund basement to be demolished.
“We have the pleasure of working with High Construction and the great people there,” Greg Krikorian, vice president for student affairs, said. “I also tip my hat to Bill Allman, general manager of Metz Dining Services, and his team for a fantastic transition. All members of the facility services staff has greatly assisted in all aspects of this project. The teamwork has been outstanding.”
A few offices traditionally located in Mund have taken temporary residence elsewhere on campus. The Student Activities and Career Services offices are housed in 50 N. College Ave., while the conference services office is in 118 N. College Ave. The College Store has also moved to the New Student Center for the summer. All offices are set to return to Mund in August except Career Services and Conference Services, which will return later in the spring.
Phase one of the Mund project began during the 2010–11 school year with an addition to the back side of Mund, creating the space for a new kitchen. This was done so food service could continue once the next phase began, and is currently the only area in which individuals are working in the building. For the summer, a tent located behind Mary Green residence hall is serving as the dining area. Able to hold 200 individuals at one time, it has been up and running since graduation.
“We’re working to centralize student life at Lebanon Valley,” Krikorian said. “It’s a difficult project in a compressed timeline, but everything is going as planned.”
On the lower level, close to where the College Store was located, steel beams have been installed to help support the construction above. The main stairway to the lower level has been demolished in preparation for a new staircase at the north end of the building, while the area of Faust Lounge has been opened up to allow workers to continue on the addition to the back of Mund.
The building will be usable by mid- to late August as phase two comes to a close, with more than two-thirds of the first floor finished. This includes the serving area and several dining areas, which will be functioning with 500 seats available. The third and final phase wraps up in spring 2012, and incorporates a new living room and a suite of offices. The College Store is set to move back to its old location in the basement of Mund in August while its new location on the first floor is finished during the third phase.
A few of the features in the new building include meeting spaces, conference rooms, a living room with a fireplace, and a tech nook with several computers for students to use. The new dining area can be separated into three different areas for events and a brick oven for items such as pizza is a new addition. Lastly, an outdoor terrace extends the size of the building and features outdoor seating during good weather.
Highlighting the new building is the push to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. College officials have been working toward making this a reality with numerous features in the new building including skylights, new rain gardens to absorb runoff, and energy efficient lighting that includes occupancy sensors.
“This would become the first LEED certified building on campus,” Bob Riley, vice president for administration and information technology, said. “We’ve been working closely with the architect, construction manager and subcontractors to do what’s required to obtain certification.”
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