Improving, maintaining and modernizing the campus will keep the Olivet College grounds crew and Physical Plant busy for the next five years and more in hopes of addressing the 2020 and Beyond plan.
The plan includes a drive to update and modify the existing buildings on campus. According to Frank Schumacher (pictured), director of facilities, the plan will touch every building “from the roofs to the windows.”
According to the spring 2012 Shipherd’s Record, the Olivet College alumni magazine, the 2020 plan was announced by President Steven M. Corey, and includes current renovations. A great deal of the 2020 plan is in motion. Completed projects include bathrooms updates in all residence halls, admission office renovations in Dole Hall, the Roznowski Learning Commons in the Burrage Library and a new parking lot by Dole Hall. Future projects concerning the 2020 plan include Gillette phase two, demolition of MacKay and the birth of a Student Center.
Current improvements will help make campus more energy-efficient and will bring Olivet’s historical buildings into the 21st century, Schumacher said.
“These changes have been able to be done from the financial support from alumni from Olivet,” said Schumacher. The challenge for the plan is gathering funds for the work to be done around campus. Schumacher said “The 2020 plan is a moving target…all waiting on what we can get financially.”
A tour through the campus work
Recently, students in the Journalism and Mass Communication basic reporting class learned about the various construction and maintenance projects around Olivet College from Frank Schumacher, director of facilities, Physical Plant.
Here are some updates on campus projects, shared during a walk-around interview conducted on Sept. 11.
Margaret Upton Conservatory of Music
The choir and band rooms are being renovated. All new lockers and acoustic furnishings will be installed this month. Outside, the decorative wood railing on top of Conservatory columns need replacing. Schumacher said, “This winter you may notice it missing as a replica is made and installed.” In the future, new carpet and furniture will be installed, as well as new windows on the exterior and insulation throughout the building.