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Past & Current Projects

Current Projects

Fitness and Wellness Center

Work on the design of the College's Fitness and Wellness Center is nearing completion.  We hope to break ground on the project in late August of this year.

The new facility will be located on Academy St. on the site that is the current location of the Markin Racquet Center.  The section of the Markin Center that houses the College racquetball courts and the tennis offices will be razed to make room for the new 30,000 square foot, two story building.  The Fitness and Wellness Center will contain 5 multi-purpose fitness studios, 2 racquetball courts, a weight and cardio equipment area that is more than four times the size of the College's current weight room in the Anderson Center and other fitness amenities.

The current project schedule calls for construction to be completed in July 2016.

Arboretum Pavilion

A generous grant from the Gilmore Foundation is funding improvements at the Lillian Anderson Arboretum.  An "off the grid" structure will be constructed in a clearing at the interior of the Arboretum.  This "pavilion" will feature an area to support field work and other projects, storage and an open area under roof for shelter from weather, picnics and other activities.  The new building will be powered by photovoltaic arrays and water will be provided by a new well with a hand pump.  There will also be several composting toilets installed at the pavilion site.  Other improvements included in the project are enhanced parking at the Arboretum entrance with accommodations for buses to drop off groups at the site, barrier free trails to the pavilion and other points of interest and interpretive and directional signage.

Crissey Hall Renovation

Every summer Facilities Management targets one of the residence halls for a facelift and minor renovations.  This year 20 K students are helping our painters repaint Crissey Hall.  Other improvements included in this project include the relocation of the laundry room to a larger, reconfigured area, the installation of corridor carpeting and chair rail, new countertops, sinks and cabinets in all the bathrooms, new LED lighting throughout the interior and an expansion of the number of circuits that the newly installed emergency generator will power during service interruptions.

Other Major Matintenance Projects

Dewaters Hall - Replacement of the domestic hot water storage tank

Dewaters Roof Replacement & Repairs -  The single play membrane on the flat roof sections are being replaced.  At the same time, major repairs are being made to the pitched slate roof.

Dewing Hall - Replacement of the building water service valve

Academy St. Steam Tunnel - Replacement/upgrade of the primary voltage feeders that will supply power to the new Fitness and Wellness Center and the future replacement of the College Natatorium.

 

Past Projects

Food Waste Program - March 2013

After consulting with representatives of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development the College determined that our cafeteria food waste diversion program was not being operated in compliance with state laws that regulate the feeding of food waste to livestock. 

Since 2010 our unsorted food waste has been used as feed for swine at Lake Village Farm located just east of Kalamazoo. The State of Michigan strictly prohibits food waste that contains meat products from being used as livestock feed and requires any facility providing non-meat food waste as feed for livestock to be licensed.

The strict regulations covering meat products will also make it next to impossible to sort food in the cafeteria (post-consumer) waste stream in a manner that satisfies those regulations leaving only non-meat kitchen (pre-consumer) waste available to be diverted to Lake Village. The licensing requirements and the relatively small amount of compliant food waste have given the College reason to investigate other options for continuing the food waste diversion program. Some work completed last fall at the Arboretum to address what were some pressing issues at that time could help to facilitate the establishment of an “organic processing center” at that site.  Several other short-term and long-term options are also currently being considered.  In the meantime, the cafeteria food waste will be handled and disposed of using more conventional methods.