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Messiah College undertakes multiple construction projects

Old Main at Messiah College

The summer months at Messiah College were marked by detour signs, fenced off construction areas, the noise of heavy machinery and glimpses of progress everywhere! While the students were home on summer break, the College undertook many projects, some of which are already significantly affecting the campus landscape. (Editor’s note: This construction update was written in late July. Certainly each of these projects already looks different — consider coming to campus to see the progress for yourself!)

Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts
The Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts addition to the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center is literally taking shape! The 92,000-square-foot building will house an 825-seat performance hall, classrooms, offices, practice rooms, a blackbox theatre and rehearsal spaces for the College’s growing School of the Arts.

The High Center is the cornerstone project of the College’sCentennial Campaign, a $40 million fundraising effort. Recently, contractors have poured footers and constructed wall sections for foundation work. The elevator shaft has been drilled and excavation is finished. The building is expected to be complete in spring 2013.

Due to construction, Creekside Drive is often one way. Please use caution as you drive in that area.

North Complex Solar Thermal Project

The College contracted with the Edwin L. Heim Company to install a solar thermal system on the roofs of the three residence halls comprising the North Complex—Grantham, Hess and Miller. The 112-installed solar tube arrays will generate enough energy to meet all the domestic hot water needs of those buildings—totaling more than 113,000 square feet and about 470 students.

The system will offset greenhouse gases equivalent to planting 3,600 trees a year or taking 130 cars off the road each year.

This solar thermal project is the fourth largest in the U.S. and is expected to be complete in October.

Covered bridge

The iconic covered bridge that spans the Yellow Breeches Creek got a facelift this summer. The bridge, constructed in 1867 and moved from Bowmansdale to campus in 1972, is structurally sound and received new painted wood siding and a cedar shingle roof. The bridge reopened in mid-August.

Old Main rear entrance and parking lot
The parking lot and rear entrance behind Old Main were closed throughout the summer for improvements. Crews modified the grade from the adjacent parking lot to the back doors of Old Main, the College’s main administrative building, for improved access to persons with a disability. Additional modifications include new entry doors, drywall work in the central stairwell, new landscaping and an expanded parking lot.

New Messiah College sign
Public tennis courts
The four public tennis courts located along the Yellow Breeches Creek at the Starry Athletic Complex were resurfaced and nets were replaced in the late spring with funds from the Student Government Association. Those courts are available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Messiah College has made significant improvements to its campus signage. Most recently, a digital LED sign was placed at the entrance to the College at the intersection of Grantham Road and College Avenue. This sign allows the College to personalize messages for groups that are visiting campus and to provide more detailed instructions in regards to specific event locations and parking.

In addition, wayfinding signs have been added across campus to direct visitors to academic buildings, residences and other campus centers.

Finally, visitors now have the option to take a “green” tour of campus by following new signs highlighting sustainability practices everywhere from the dining hall to the library to the student union. Each sign provides a brief explanation of the project and notes whether the practice is making a positive impact in regards to biodiversity, waste, energy and/or engagement.

Visitors interested in this green tour can visit for more information.


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