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Residential Life Project

Graced with beautiful California weather, the first phase of the Residential Life Project has made tremendous progress. The College’s three new residence halls have really begun to take shape this winter. As a reflection of Pitzer’s commitment to sustainability and environmental education, Pitzer is pursuing the highest level of “green” possible for the Residential Life Project, and expects to receive Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system next fall.
Over the last two years, literally thousands of design decisions have been made concerning every conceivable aspect of the Project—ranging from paint color choices, to plant materials for gardens, to sustainable interior furnishings. In the next few months, construction of the halls will be completed and staff from the offices of facilities and student affairs will begin the process of readying them for occupancy by students in Fall 2007.

Fundraising for the Residential Life Project is also continuing to make strong progress this year, with $17.4 million received to date in cash or pledge commitments. This puts Pitzer more than 97 percent of the way toward its fundraising goal of $18 million. During the next few months, the College seeks to complete its fundraising campaign through a number of exciting initiatives.

Among these is the Amphitheater Fund, which will provide for an outdoor amphitheater in honor of Pitzer’s Founding Faculty. Led by Pitzer College Trustees Susan Pritzker P’93 and Deborah Deutsch Smith ’68, with assistance from Louise Thornton ’68, the College is looking to raise $300,000—one-third of which has already been committed. Smith noted, “Pitzer is fortunate to have so many living Founding Faculty still teaching full- and part-time at the College and also actively engaged in the life of the institution. This newly developing section of campus provides us with the chance to honor the Founding Faculty who made such a difference in most of our lives.”

For more on the Residential Life Project and to view the construction Wecam, visit the Residential Life Project Website.

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