Summer construction projects taking shape
MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (June 20, 2013) — While many Milligan College students are away from campus and enjoying a summer break from their work in the classroom, a different type of work intensifies on campus—construction and campus improvement projects.
“We miss our students during the summer, but this is an ideal time to make important campus improvements that they will enjoy and appreciate when they return in August,” said Milligan President Bill Greer. “This fall will be particularly exciting because this slate of summer projects brings noticeable changes on many fronts, from campus housing to parking and even dining options.”
Here are some highlights of the ongoing work on campus:
The Milligan Grill
Located in Milligan’s McMahan Student Center, the grill has a long history of serving as a gathering place for students, faculty and staff to enjoy a burger, a cup of coffee, or an array of sandwiches, salads and snacks.
This summer, the grill underwent a complete makeover—including a new look and menu options. The grill was combined with the adjacent Fireside Lounge to create a larger space to accommodate additional students more quickly and efficiently.
Crews renovated the entire space, including floor, ceiling, paint, new lighting, new furniture, and new cabinetry and counters. Behind the scenes, some new kitchen equipment was added to support the rollout this fall of a full Starbucks coffee/drink service and food menu improvements.
Renovations conclude on the new “Fireside Grill” on June 21, and the new menu items and Starbucks will be offered at the beginning of the fall semester.
The Milligan Housing Village
Crews continue throughout the summer to put the final touches on the first phase of the Milligan Housing Village, consisting of five new residence halls.
These halls are designed to combine the privacy of a suite with the college’s vibrant community life. Each suite, which will house up to five students, includes five single bedrooms revolving around a centralized living room. The village itself includes a large commons area, which could be used for student activities such as intramural sports.
The Milligan Village also will provide the college with additional parking, sidewalks and recreational space, as well as provide occupants and guests a panoramic view of the college and the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
The college broke ground on the housing village in the summer of 2012, and the campus has watched with anticipation as retaining walls and excavation turned into bricks and mortar—and now the village is nearing completion. It will be ready for occupancy and its first group of residents when students return in August.
Preliminary site work for seven additional Milligan Village buildings will also be completed during this phase of the project, allowing the college to move quickly into future phases of construction to accommodate and support future growth.
Hart Hall renovations
Milligan’s largest women’s residence hall is receiving a facelift this summer, as well. Crews tore out Hart Hall’s old front steps, which were breaking loose and could potentially create a trip hazard.
When completed later this month, the Hart front porch, courtyard and front steps will tie in to the new Milligan Village sidewalk, creating a well-connected residential area of campus.
Improvements also were made to the parking area behind Hart Hall. With additional parking now available at the Milligan Village, the number of parking spaces was reduced to increase safety and to allow for additional “green space” to be added.
Visit Milligan’s facebook page for the most recent photos of the campus improvements.
For more information about Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu.
MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs. To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.