Approved in 2011, the master plan will shape Baldwin Wallace over the next decade.
It is divided into three segments: immediate attention, 2-5 years, and 5-10 year completion.
Davidson Commons Honors Dedicated BW Couple
True Yellow Jackets for Life
“We are indeed grateful to Jim and Jane for supporting their alma mater in many ways through the years and in particular for their leadership with this important campus master plan project," said Baldwin Wallace President Robert Helmer.
"Jim has been a BW trustee since 2001, serving on the Advancement and Investment committees. He and Jane have hosted many events for alumni and prospective students in their suburban Philadelphia home and have been loyal and supportive members of our community," Helmer added. "Their daughter, Judy '80, followed in her parents footsteps. The family still has reunions on campus. They truly are Yellow Jackets for Life."
The three buildings, which served as first-year student housing for decades, underwent construction in two phases over 18 months to create 54,688-square feet of new and renovated space. Klein and 63 Beech halls were taken offline in May 2012 and reopened this August for 102 first-year students. Saylor Hall closed after commencement in May and will reopen to 75 students in January. A spring dedication is being planned.
“Providing a vibrant residential experience is an important part of the educational experience for most of our students," noted Helmer. "Through this project, we have transformed three of our older residence halls into exceptional facilities that will benefit students today and well into the future.”
Enjoying Friends, Food, Fun, Fellowship
"Community is a vital element for today's students," noted Trina Dobberstein, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. "They want housing that integrates living with learning and is accented with areas where they can gather with friends to relax, study, cook a meal together or host family and friends to campus.
"Students who moved into Davidson Commons this fall have really enjoyed its amenities," she added. "They like the convenience of having bathrooms and common areas alongside their bedrooms. A real favorite is the spacious gathering area with comfortable seating, a 70-inch-screen TV and an adjacent kitchen. But even little things, like the indoor bike storage area and sustainability-focused reverse osmosis water fountains, are enhancing their campus experience."
Green Spaces, Green Technology
Davidson Commons is BW’s sixth major construction project to incorporate geo-exchange technology for heating, which is environmentally friendly and allows individual room heating and cooling. The project also includes attractive green space that is being created in place of a large parking lot to create an outdoor quadrangle in which students can gather, socialize or study. The quad also will unite Davidson Commons with Marting and Dietsch halls as well as Lindsay-Crossman Chapel to form an inviting “academic village.”
Posted October 2013