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Construction Highlights the Changing Face of Campus

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  • Construction Highlights the Changing Face of Campus

  • 12/21/07
  • Roanoke College is growing more than just in the number of students. The campus itself is actually expanding, adding many new and renovated facilities and even extending into nearby properties. This fall's record-setting 2,000 students benefit from an unprecedented building boom that over the last five years has significantly changed the campus. Roanoke has spent more than $23 million on various campus projects just since 2004 and now has another $9 million worth in the works. As a result, more students are actually living on campus. Their numbers have risen from about half the student body to 62 percent currently, and the College is working toward its goal of housing three quarters of the students.

    Here, is a glimpse of the College's gains - and it doesn't end there. Renovations are now underway on several existing residence halls, and officials are looking at a master landscaping plan and several other possible projects. Want to see more? Come for a visit and see for yourself how the 165-year-old Roanoke College is evolving and building even more for the future.

    1 Miller Hall, to the left of the Administration Building, is the second oldest building on campus and re-opened last fall after an extensive $3.1 million renovation that added 5,500 square feet for the English department. Trout Hall, on the other side of Administration, is the third oldest campus building and had a $1.2 million renovation completed in March 2005 that more than doubled its size.

    2 The new Thompson Memorial entrance has welcomed campus visitors since fall 2005. The $1.8 million project is essentially the College's new front door. Peery Drive was redirected so it now crosses over a stone bridge, called "John's Bridge" in memory of John Mulheren '71, and leads to an impressive brick colonnade with vaulted arches. Behind it, along High Street, is Rutherfoord Memorial Gardens, featuring benches, pathways and outdoor seating for groups. The gardens are named in memory of Thomas Rutherfoord '37 and his wife, Dona.

    3 Recently renovated Elizabeth Hall reopened in fall 2005 with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for upperclass students. Built in 1925, the hall is the largest building on nearby Elizabeth Campus. Its $1.6 million renovation still preserved treasured architectural details, including mosaic tiled floors, chestnut woodwork and stately columns.


    4 Monterey, a private home until purchased by the College in 2002, is used as a meeting space for faculty and as a campus guest house. The Greek revival-style building is on the hill near the corner of High and Clay streets and in the past had served as a hotel, rooming house, fraternity house and private residence. It's believed it was built in 1853 by the Deyerle brothers, who also built the College's Administration Building.

    5 Known affectionately as "CAR," the new $10 million complex with residence halls named Caldwell, Allegheny and Ritter was completed in fall 2005, providing about 155 beds for upperclass men and women. The courtyard features a unique fountain that's a tribute to the late John Mulheren '71 and engraved with the names of leadership donors. Board of Trustee member Nancy Baird Mulheren '72 donated $2.5 million for the complex. In all, there were 81 Leadership gifts ($10,000 or more) totaling more than $4.5 million pledged and 174 gifts of less than $10,000 for another $63,233 pledged. The total 255 gifts equaled more than $4.6 million pledged and made possible the College's first new residence halls since 1968.

    6 The College continues growing and now reaches all the way to Salem's Main Street on both sides of College Avenue. On the left, in the middle of the block is a building Roanoke bought in 2006 to provide 16 offices and a potential food venue. Next to it, on the corner, is a former bank building the campus recently leased for 20 years for additional classrooms and offices.


    7 Dedicated this spring, the new Donald J. Kerr Stadium seats over 1,000 folks on what used to be a practice field west of the C. Homer Bast Center. The $2.7 million facility, funded in part by a financial challenge from its namesake, features artificial turf, new fencing and non-glare lights so now events can go year-round and into the night. Nearby is the new C. Homer Bast Track, dedicated in October 2006 through a donation by Roger W. Sandt '64.

    8 The brand-new $5.7 million Chesapeake Hall opened in fall 2006 and has become home for many Greek students. Located between Red Lane and Market Street, it provides 87 beds for the sorority students in Chi Omega, Delta Gamma and Phi Mu as well as fraternity students in Pi Kappa Phi. Next door, an estimated $9 million project is creating a large "first-year complex" by actually connecting Blue Ridge, Shenandoah and Tabor halls. The renovation, which is being done in two phases finishing in April 2008 and June 2009, will maintain the outside architecture while creating improved living quarters and additional space. The number of students living there will increase from 150 to 200 students - and all will be freshmen.

    9 A large brick version of the College logo greets visitors now to the offices of admissions and financial aid. It's located on the parking lot in front of Roselawn, once the traditional home of Roanoke College presidents and now frequently the first place visited by would-be students.