Moravian College celebrates progress on the new
Hurd Integrated Living and Learning residence hall

President Thomforde signs the banner that was placed inside the cupola of the new Hurd Integrated Living and Learning complex on March 19. Photo: Bruce Winter, The Express-Times

Rainy weather could not dampen enthusiasm for the "topping off" of Moravian's new residence hall last 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.

Placing the cupola atop the HILL—Moravian's new, state-of-the-art residence hall—on March 19 was cause for celebration. Photo: Michael Wilson

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.