Under a unique partnership with the College, BAM will finance, construct, own, and operate the building, on land which will be leased to them by the College. It will do this through a wholly owned non-profit corporation named Moravian College Housing Inc. Students will rent the rooms from BAM, with the College providing administrative support services. Moravian will provide day-to-day custodial and ground services, and oversee maintenance. The College will invest in the academic and co-curricular spaces, campus enhancements, building furnishings, and equipment. The College will operate the café through its food service provider, Sodexho.
“This is an exciting opportunity for two Moravian institutions to work together. The College and BAM have focused their individual strengths to create what I believe will be a beautiful addition to the Hurd Campus and the City of Bethlehem,” said David Roth, general manager of Bethlehem Area Moravians.
Bethlehem Area Moravians 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.