The Gruen Engagement Center at Olivet College has been in the process of being renovated for a little over twoyears now and will be nished withinthe next month. Following completion, the Engagement Center will hold an open house where the community may view the new and improved home, located at 202 Yale St.
In the meantime, the ECHO got a look inside in mid-March.
Walking into the new Gruen Engagement Center, the first thing one notices is how much larger the doorways are than in a typical house, this, and an elevator that leads up to the third floor, installed for people with accessibility issues. Entering the first oor, visitors will come through the back door where there is also basement access. This space was restored and will be used for storage purposes and a small laundry room with one washer and dryer.
Leading up to the second floor, one finds a kitchen with two fridges,two ovens, marble counter tops, and an island with plenty of space for preparing meals. Off of the kitchen area,there is a half-bath and a dining room. Next to this room is a small room that will be called the library. Currently, there are no books or bookshelves in the room; however, there will be a fewleather chairs o ering informal seating. The last room on this oor is the recep- tion area, in place of the living room, where there wil