Significant campus upgrades being completed at Unity College
When Unity College students return in late August for the 2013-14 academic year, they will experience a transformed campus. Over the past several years the Unity campus has undergone significant upgrades and transformations, including the construction of TerraHaus, the first residence hall in the United States built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient standard in the world.
Over the summer months a slate of projects big and small are being undertaken. The projects will improve energy efficiency, provide students with cutting-edge laboratory research facilities and equipment, and provide enhanced esthetic appeal on a campus that has maintained its rural charm from its founding in 1965.
Two things have changed since Unity’s founding: the world and Unity College’s place in it. Changes to campus have closely paralleled the needs and expectations of plugged-in, computer savvy Millennial Generation. Perhaps more importantly, offerings like the state-of-the-art geographic information systems multi-media classroom and training lab, completed in 2012, ensure that Unity remains true to its strong environmental mission by remaining relevant in a changing world.
Efficiency, utility, and service to students are important aspects of every project.
“It is important that students know how their tuition dollars are being spent,” said Senior Vice President for External Affairs Melik Khoury. “At Unity College we understand that the physical space is as important as the intellectual space. This is yet another in a series of renovations that we are doing to continue to support our mission by making our buildings more sustainable, and creating the kind of space that students can enjoy as their home away from home.”