Connecticut College: Campus Construction 2008

Crozier-Williiams walkway, Connecticut CollegeOn the Connecticut College campus during the summer of 2008, students with big ideas were replaced by construction crews with a big mission: complete 65 renovation projects totaling more than $11 million in just 75 days.

Included were three more classroom renovations, including Bill Hall 106, the most broadly used teaching space on campus. Among other projects: renovations of Jane Addams and Plant residence halls; a new roof, windows, siding and internal heating controls in Winthrop Hall; renovation of the tennis courts; structural work on historic New London Hall, which houses the botany and biology departments; and a new curving walkway in front of Shain Library.

View a slideshow of the summer 2008 campus renovations.

View the slideshow presented during the dedication of Silfen Auditorium (Bill Hall) on Oct. 25, 2008. (PDF)

Fitness center benefits the whole person, the entire community

The campus community was buzzing with excitement as construction was underway for a new, 6,500-square-foot fitness center. The fitness center, to be located in the heart of the Athletic Center complex, would be an important resource for the campus community and a major draw for prospective students.

"The new fitness center will benefit the entire community, and will enable the College to continue to attract students who are seeking a high quality liberal arts experience that encompasses rigorous academics and a rich co-curricular life, including athletics and physical fitness," said President Lee Higdon. The $8 million project is financed completely through fundraising, including a $3.5 million gift and a $2 million gift.

With an aggressive construction schedule already mapped out, Higdon said the center would open in the fall of 2009.

Fitness with a view

The new fitness center, pictured above in an architect's rendering, includes leading-edge exercise equipment and feature soaring glass walls facing the Thames River providing an abundance of natural light and commanding views of the river and turf field events. It is the first new building to be constructed at Connecticut College since the F.W. Olin Science Center, completed in 1995, and is already a source of pride among members of the campus community.

"The new fitness center is going to be a stunning highlight on a campus that is already regarded as one of the most beautiful in the country," said Fran Shields, Katherine Wenk Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics and chair of the physical education department. "It more than triples the amount of exercise and wellness space at the College, and puts us at the top of our game in terms of our peer colleges."

AC facelift

In addition to the new construction, the College made significant upgrades to the Athletic Center, including the entryway and the Hall of Fame room. Additionally, the existing fitness center was completely renovated into 2,500 square feet of space for aerobics, dance and other group exercise and sports programming.

The Fitness Center Construction Schedule

  • Winter 2008 - finalized designs
  • Spring 2008 - site work began
  • Summer 2008 - ground breaking
  • Fall 2008 -  construction underway
  • Fall 2009 - fitness center opens