Trustees authorize Campus Center construction
The Board of Trustees has authorized the Norwich University administration to proceed with plans to renovate and expand Harmon Hall and to create the new Norwich University Campus Center. Construction will start immediately after this year's Commencement. This $23 million project will result in a three-level structure with recreation space, snack bar, a new expanded dining room, student organization meeting spaces, new expanded Faculty/Staff dining room and office space.
The construction of the Campus Center is part of a Facilities Master Plan designed to fulfill goals of Norwich University’s strategic planning document, NU2019. Additional planned improvements to the physical plant include the completion of the Sullivan Museum and History Center in June 2006; the completion of the Athletic Complex (phase II), which will link Andrews Hall to the Kreitzberg Arena; and the construction of new residence halls.
During the January Trustee meeting, the Board also authorized President Schneider to move forward with the design and application for permits for new civilian residence halls. (The actual start date for the dormitories construction is yet to be determined, but it will not be this year.)
While there is no doubt this new campus center will benefit students attending Norwich for years to come, the fact is that there will be considerable disruption to campus life from the start of the renovation project in May 2006 until the anticipated completion in August 2007. Norwich will be moving the offices currently located in Harmon Hall, as well as the dining facilities, mailroom, and bookstore, to other places on campus for the duration of the construction project. Plans are currently being made to deal with the logistics of these temporary moves.