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Moravian celebrated topping off ceremony on March 19, 2009

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Project Update

Moravian celebrated topping off ceremony on March 19, 2009

Rainy weather could not dampen enthusiasm for the "topping off" of Moravian's new residence hall on Thursday, March 19. The ceremony—placing the cupola atop the Hurd Integrated Living and Learning (HILL) facility on the Hurd Campus, attaining the highest building point—marked a key milestone in the construction of the state-of-the-art facility. The HILL will open its doors to the first student-residents in August for the fall semester.

Members of the Moravian community, builders, architects, and media were on hand to watch a large crane position the star-topped cupola on the roof of the building at noon. A banner signed by President Thomforde and dozens of students was placed inside to serve as a link to future generations. Dennis Domchek, vice president for finance and administration; Greg Butz, president and CEO, Alvin H. Butz, Inc.; Richard Siter, Bethlehem Area Moravians (BAM) property manager; and others commented on the significance of the project, a partnership between Moravian College and BAM.

The HILL will not only provide attractive, comfortable, and secure housing for approximately 230 students, but also will contain co-curricular academic spaces. Locating the new facility on the Hurd Campus also will help reinforce the connection between the College's two campuses. The project includes many sustainable design features and practices. Energy conservation measures will reduce energy use by 11%; dining services will offer organic/local foods; and a sustainable landscape will feature native plants. To date, more than 80% of the project's total construction waste has been recycled, diverting it from landfills.


Groundbreaking Ceremony was held April 18, 2008

Moravian College held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, April 18, 2008, to officially launch a $25 million project that will transform the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus by creating a living and learning community in historic downtown Bethlehem. The centerpiece of the project, made possible through a partnership with the Bethlehem Area Moravians, Inc. (BAM), is a 100,000 square foot building that will house approximately 230 students, and contain classrooms and other learning spaces that will support the academic and co-curricular mission of the College.        

Speakers included:

  • Beverly Kochard, Vice-President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Moravian College
  • The Reverend Douglas Caldwell, Senior Pastor, Central Moravian Church
  • Joan Carson, President, Bethlehem Area Moravians, Inc.
  • Lyn Trodahl Chynoweth ’68, Chair of Board of Trustees, Moravian College
  • James Lavoy ’08, President, United Student Government (USG), Moravian College
  • John Callahan, Mayor, City of Bethlehem
  • Christopher Thomforde, President, Moravian College