Working within The Box, Not outside of It!
Ways in which Arcadia University is building from within—utilizing existing building spaces to cost effectively enhance the quality of life on Campus without “breaking the bank” or expanding our impervious surface footprint.
- The Fine Arts drawing studio was simply not large enough for the increased enrollment. Renovation was sorely needed, however funds were limited. A simple solution to this problem was to enlarge the loft area and create a backroom storage facility in order to open up additional floor space for the students. In addition, a creative solution for painting storage was found by fabricating storage racks that have wheels. These racks are custom built to slide out of the way underneath the newly configured stairs in the room. A 30 percent increase in work area was created with minimal cost!
- The campus radio station had a need for new, more appropriate space. They were down to eight members and couldn’t generate any excitement for the program. The University looked around and found new space, utilizing existing space that was right before our eyes, in the oversized hallway leading to the dining hall. Arcadia created a new radio station at this location and, as a result, produced renewed interest in the program as it now had a public venue—over 50 students now participate! An added bonus! Public safety now has additional space to create an alternate emergency dispatch center in the old radio station space which was adjacent to their operations area!
- As a result of some “spring cleaning,” staff at Boyer Hall created additional classroom space by simply discarding old equipment and materials that had been “lying around for years.” A classroom was created out of this venture, and two additional offices were created by the removal of two freezers that had been inactive for several years.
- By installing rack-able storage shelves, the grounds department was able to consolidate and enhance its storage capacity, freeing up additional costume storage space for the theater department!
- Arcadia University continues to study the Castle, Boyer Hall, Brubaker Hall, Murphy Hall, Landman Library and all dormitories to identify cost effective space development/enhancement of existing spaces in lieu of building new structures.
- The University will rehabilitate two additional houses on Limekiln Pike to create new homes for the Best Program and Genetic Counseling.
- The University will rehabilitate 16 Forsythe to accommodate the development offices, freeing up Blankley Hall to create a dedicated Alumni House for all to enjoy.
- Arcadia will provide a Church Road house for the Cheltenham Twp. Emergency Medical Technicians. This Facility greatly reduces response time as well as gasoline usage required for all medical emergencies within the community.
- Arcadia will increase campus green space by eliminating redundant driveways, combining two former exits into one common entrance.