Campus was even busier than usual this summer. Construction for the first phase of renovations began the day after Commencement, progressed on-schedule and on-budget over the summer, and wrapped up in time for the start of fall semester classes.
On Welcome Day, students returned to find the spaces transformed seemingly overnight. The Great Hall is a multi-purpose library and research center; the former Academic Wing is an open, light-filled chapel; and the old library is now three classrooms, a faculty office, study rooms, a reading room and the college counseling office.
Students quickly felt at home in the revamped spaces. “I’m loving them,” said senior Yiyu Choi.
“It was definitely time for a change,” said junior-year student Grace Tamlyn. “I like the comfiness and the overall design and style. The new spaces make me feel like we are at a college-prep school, and I feel preppy. I am using them to study and do homework but also to hang out with friends.”