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The Excitement Builds

There is a lot of excitement building throughout the campus about the new residence halls rising around Gold Student Center. By now, most everyone has noticed the complex of three- and four-story edifices, which are approaching their final configuration.

Student Lounge

The main structures are in place, and the construction crew is working on the decks, balconies and exterior corridors. All the roofs are on, and the exterior finish work has begun. Simultaneously, they are proceeding with the interiors, including the electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems, walls, fixtures and flooring.

Besides the student rooms themselves, there are other kinds of spaces incorporated into this project. The new Office of Admission will move to the first floor of Pitzer Hall, the building adjacent to the East Mesa parking lot. The first floor of Atherton Hall (facing the Pitzer Service Road) will feature several academic spaces, including a music room, an art gallery, two art studios and a “smart” classroom, in addition to a new mail room.

Pitzer Hall
Rendering of Pitzer Hall with Admission Plaza

On the second floors of all three buildings there will be four apartments (one two-bedroom and three one-bedroom) to be used by housing staff, faculty-in-residence and visiting faculty. Scattered throughout the project are three communal living rooms, a community kitchen and twenty-five study rooms and lounges, including a computer lab. A new space for the Green Bike Program is also included.

Joan Wilner, former Pitzer trustee, Director of Campus Facilities Larry Burik and Lynn Harris White ’70

It is expected that the $18 million fundraising goal will be reached soon, with more than $17.5 million already received or pledged. An annual Faculty & Staff Campaign began in April, with an emphasis on contributions for brick pavers to be placed in the new Admission Plaza. There are four sizes and styles of bricks available, ranging in price from $100 to $2,500, and they can be engraved with a message of the donor’s choice.

A public celebration and dedication ceremony is tentatively planned for September 24 to inaugurate the new halls and thank all the donors and others who have contributed to this major effort.

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