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Moravian College to hold Topping Off Ceremony for New Building on Hurd Campus

New residence hall, The HILL, will open for the fall 2009 semester

Bethlehem, Pa., March 17, 2009—Moravian College will hold a “Topping Off” ceremony on Thursday, March 19, at 11:45 a.m. to celebrate the progress made towards completing its new residence hall—The HILL (Hurd Integrated Living & Learning community).   This facility on Moravian’s Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pa. will be completed in August of this year and house approximately 230 students beginning with the fall semester.

The College will be joined by representatives of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Bethlehem Area Moravians, Inc., and Hemmler + Camayd Architects, who will offer brief remarks prior to the building’s cupola being lifted to the roof. A topping off ceremony is a tradition within the construction industry that marks the moment when the highest structural point in the building construction has been attained.

The Moravian College campus community is invited to join with the construction crews for this symbolic ceremony which will take place in the Payne Gallery parking lot off of Church Street.  Greg Butz, president and CEO, Alvin H. Butz, Inc., will welcome everyone to the topping off ceremony. Richard Siter, property manager, Bethlehem Area Moravians, Inc. (BAM), will explain the partnership between BAM and Moravian. Dennis Domchek, vice president for finance & administration, Moravian College, will discuss the significance of new dormitory and the living and learning concept. Alex Camayd, principal, Hemmler + Camayd Architects, will outline significant features of building with emphasis on sustainability. Moravian senior and student-trustee Nicholas Heimbach will provide a student’s perspective on the project. Red Deslatte, electrical foreman, Albarell Electric, will talk about significance of project from the workers’ perspective.

“As we celebrate the progress we have made on our way to completing this project, anticipation is building among the Moravian College campus community,” said Dennis Domchek, Moravian College, “Through our partnership with the Bethlehem Area Moravians, we are pleased to offer our students the opportunity to live on the HILL—the Hurd Integrated Living-Learning community. This academic and residential complex, featuring state-of-the-art safety and security features, and numerous amenities will be an attractive choice for our students. We look forward to August of this year when students beginning living and learning in this impressive building on this historic campus.”

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.