We’re revitalizing the campus and furthering our commitment to sustainability.
The Science Building, which is being renovated in phases as resources become available, has undergone an initial renovation that introduced cutting-edge, environmentally friendly “green” fume hoods in four of its laboratories. During the second phase of the renovation, we intend to expand the use of this technology to additional laboratories. Cognizant of the environmental impact of any construction project, we intend to expand the use of the space to include the arts.
By bringing the arts and sciences under a single roof, we hope to model the true meaning of integrated, interdisciplinary instruction at the heart of our campus. This initiative also limits our physical footprint and maximizes space allocation.
In an unprecedented move, the Board of Trustees approved the construction of a central geothermal plant. The facility will power most of the Yellow Springs campus, making Antioch the only school in the country that’s heated and cooled almost exclusively by geothermal and solar power. Although considerably more expensive to construct than traditional alternatives, these improvements will reduce campus energy costs by $500,000 annually when the campus is fully developed.
Renovations to the Foundry Theatre will began in July 2013 and completed in time for fall classes. As with the Wellness Center, this facility will serve both the campus and the community. More than half of the renovation expense is being covered by donors—$350,000 from an anonymous donor in the Village and $200,000 from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation. We have established a Collaborative Advisory Committee with members from the College and the Village of Yellow Springs to share governance of the facility.
Construction began in June 2013 on the renovation of Antioch College’s Wellness Center, the former Curl Gymnasium. The center is conceptualized as a focal point for town-gown interactions and community members have played an active role in the planning and development. The College received an anonymous gift to begin the project, and the fundraising team is actively raising additional money to support the systematic renovation of the campus. Contractors will rehab or reconfigure much of the interior of the 44,000-square-foot facility, adding new HVAC, electrical and plumbing infrastructure, as well as roofing, concrete patching, windows and doors. Once complete, the Health and Wellness Center will include a fully equipped fitness center, racquetball courts, multi-purpose studio spaces, and a regulation-size indoor swimming pool. South Gym will continue to serve as a multi-use space and East Gym’s indoor basketball courts will be refurbished. The project will cost an estimated $8 million and is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification upon completion next summer.