We’re Not Too Proud to Admit We’ve Had Some Work Done
The campus looks fab.
It took more than 8,000 Belgian blocks, 15,000 square feet of asphalt, over 75 native trees and plants, 4 brass bell strikers and one full day of forgiving weather in the final week to ready campus for fall semester, says Associate Director of Facilities Patty Smith. Here’s a sampling of what kept Drew’s crew and its contractors away from the beach this summer:
- The path from the Rose Library all the way back to Haselton Hall has gotten a makeover, with resurfacing, Belgian block edging and improved drainage. The section between the library and S.W. Bowne Hall features new curves, the first phase of a planned courtyard outside the Methodist Archives and a long-awaited amphitheater in Tipple Pond, says Executive Director of Facilities and Special Projects Mike Kopas.
- Speaking of Tipple Pond, a new drainage system up by Haselton is designed to prevent flooding in the iconic campus basin. (Read: Soon the Forum Pool will be the last swimming hole left on campus.)
- The 86-year-old clock atop Brothers’ College will keep time once again come September, a boon for students who need to speed up to get to class on time. Four new energy-efficient timepiece movements will power each of the clock’s faces. (The clock, when working, previously relied on a single movement.) The tower’s bells, outfitted with new strikers, will chime on the hour, playing the Westminster melody heard on campus when BC was built.
- Say goodbye to communal bathrooms in Welch Hall. Ultra-stylish, all-in-one bathrooms feature a private toilet, sink and shower.
- The gazebo perched above the tennis center has gotten a facelift after sustaining minor damage in Hurricane Sandy. Waterlogged wooden siding is gone, replaced with a composite product to withstand whatever Mother Nature serves on the courts.—Michael Bressman