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Moravian making progress on new residential building - The HILL

Students eager to live and learn in new facility opening in August for the fall semester

Bethlehem, Pa., June 10, 2009—With the brick and stone exterior of the Hurd Integrated Living and Learning (HILL) facility now nearly finished, workers have moved indoors to wire, plumb, and install drywall and flooring by July—well before the first student residents arrive in August. The premium, six-story residence already is fully occupied with 231 students for the 2009-10 academic year. “Reactions to the new building have been overwhelmingly positive,” said Nicole Lloyd, dean of student life. “Parents, students, and alumni who have toured it have been very excited about the amenities and the concept of integrated living and learning.”

After touring the facility, students nearly unanimously rated it a 10, and a room in the HILL was the first to be chosen during room selection for fall. Thirty-one of the fall 2009 residents are first-year students who will live in one of two sixteen-bedroom living/learning suites. Students who live in the sixteen-bedroom suites will participate in group activities and co-curricular learning.

Moravian College partnered with Bethlehem Area Moravians, Inc. (BAM) on this $25 million project that is transforming the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus by creating this living and learning community in historic downtown Bethlehem. The centerpiece is the 100,000 square foot building opening in August, that will house students, contain classrooms, and other learning spaces that support the academic and co-curricular mission of the College.

The six-story structure is being built on land to the south of W. Church Street, north of E. Lehigh Street, between the Day House and the former site of community pavilion band shell. The firm of Hemmler and Camayd Architects of Scranton, Pa. has designed the environmentally-friendly building to aesthetically blend with the historical nature of the Hurd Campus. Alvin H. Butz, Inc., the oldest and largest construction company of its kind in the Lehigh Valley, is managing the project. 

Bethlehem Area Moravians (BAM) was created in 1993 as the umbrella organization for the 6 Moravian congregations in Bethlehem, the first of which was originally established in 1742. It is a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation. Bethlehem Area Moravians, either directly or through affiliated corporations, operates a number of charitable programs in the Bethlehem area, including Moravian House I, II, III, and IV which are low-income housing projects and Moravian Village of Bethlehem, a continuing care retirement community. It interacts on a regular basis with Moravian College to further activities consistent with the mission of the Moravian Church.

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.