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Bethlehem, Pa., August 18, 2009— Moravian College is beginning work on several important space improvement projects. To provide additional office space for the College day program, Nursing Department, and Comenius Center—the College Health Center—now located at 1302 Monocacy Street, will move to Hillside 5H (previously used as an eight-bed residence suite) on Locust Street.
The new location will be more centrally located for students and will be ADA-accessible. Moravian Facilities Management will begin the process of razing the current Health Center building this week. A local demolition company, Fra Mi Developers, Inc., of Bethlehem, has been hired to do the demolition work. The former campus safety buildings at 113 and 115 West Greenwich Street also will be razed to create green space on the north side of the Elizabeth Street parking lot.
The demolition is expected to take two weeks, according to Matthew J. Yencha, associate director of plant operations at Moravian College. After the site is clear, construction will begin on a new 6,000 sq. ft. facility to house the Comenius Center—Moravian’s continuing, professional, and graduate studies program. Construction is expected to begin this fall.
After Comenius Center operations move to the new administration building, the space in Comenius Hall now occupied by administrative staff will be used for College day program and Nursing Department faculty offices. According to the plan approved by President Christopher Thomforde, his staff, and the Board of Trustees, the relocations will occur by next summer.
The plan is consistent with the Moravian College 2008-15 Strategic Plan and 10-year capital plan. “It provides proper space for the Comenius Center and Health Center, and is consistent with key recommendations evolving from our master planning process,” said President Thomforde. “By undertaking this option, we solve the problem of location and ADA accessibility of the Health Center. The plan also creates an appropriate space for the Comenius Center without requiring us to ‘waste’ resources on a temporary alternative. Furthermore, it will allow us to free needed classroom, office space and common areas for academic departments within Comenius Hall.”
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.