The six-story structure will be 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.Ã‚Â The fully climate-controlled building will contain a number of living options for students, including 7 different suites configured to accommodate groups from 2 to 16 students.
In addition to the living space, the structure will contain four 40-seat technology-enhanced classrooms, an Information Technology Resource Center, and a wireless computer lounge. The common space will be replete with lounges and study roomsÃ¢â‚¬â€outside of the individual suites.
Students will enjoy eating at a new Clewell dinning kitchen with area service upgrades, and at a cafÃƒÂ© which will serve as a second point dining service, coffee house, and social center. Ã‚Â A Wellness Center will provide a place to recreate and learn about the benefits of maintaining a healthful lifestyle. Other amenities will include laundry areas, full-service mail room, and 65 new parking spaces.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We expect the building to be a very attractive housing option for our students and create a new level of excitement on campus, said Beverly Kochard, vice president for student affairs and dean of student life.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s students expect amenities that enhance their living experiences while attending college. This new multi-purpose facility is designed to meet the academic, social, health, and technology needs of the modern student.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In addition the numerous amenities, the building will contain the latest security and safety features including equipment and technology for smoke and fire detection, sprinklers, flame resistant materials, electronic door security, and security cameras. It will be linked in to the CollegeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s campus police central monitoring systems.
All students living on the Hurd Campus will benefit from an enhanced transportation system that will carry students to and from the Main Street CampusÃ¢â‚¬â€one mile north along Main Street.
The firm of Hemmler and Camayd Architects of Scranton, Pa. have designed an environmentally-friendly building to aesthetically blend with the historical nature of the Hurd Campus. Over the past year, the project has been approved by the City of Bethlehem, Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB), Northampton County Conservation District, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.