Arcadia University News

April 1, 2011

Geothermal Well Drilling Set to Start Monday

Drilling likely will begin on Monday, April 4, on 42 geothermal wells that will use the sustainable energy source to heat and cool the new University Commons. The wells will cover about two-thirds of the field area in front of the new student center. The work is expected to take several weeks,...

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March 11, 2011

Drilling for Sustainability: Geothermal Wells

In early April, the next stage of the University Commons student center construction will be under way—approximately 400 feet underground—as drilling for the 42 geothermal wells begins. Updating the age-old practice of harnessing natural and renewable energy, the geothermal units will use the earth...

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February 25, 2011

Thousands of Daffodils, Dozens of New Trees, and More Beauty To Come

As the snow melts and the days grow longer, be on the watch for thousands of daffodils that will pop up on campus this spring. Approximately 7,000 new daffodils will blossom this spring, joining several thousand that have already been introduced on campus over the past several years. As springtime...


February 18, 2011

Newly Enclosed Pavilion Provides Comfort for All Seasons

As the University Commons construction continues, there are supplementary projects being completed, which are designed to augment the beauty and comfort of Arcadia’s Glenside Campus. Recently, the picnic pavilion, located between the tennis courts, Dome and baseball field, has been enclosed in...

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February 16, 2011

New Walkway Provides Direct Access to Boyer Hall

As work continues on the University Commons student center, small but significant conveniences are being unlocked that will dramatically affect the way students, faculty and staff members move around the campus. Most recently, the walkway between Boyer Hall and the Commons construction site is open...


February 11, 2011

Athletics Staff Move Into New Offices, Commons Construction Continues

As the Arcadia community anticipates the completion of the 62,000-square-foot University Commons student center, there is already reason to celebrate. The new two-story, 19-office east-end expansion of the existing Kuch Center is now open, and several offices are occupied by the Athletics...

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February 8, 2011

Updated Ceramics Studio Merges Functionality and Ideology

During the Fall 2010 semester, Murphy Hall underwent some major renovations that will greatly enhance the Art and Design Department. Completed for the spring term, the updated facility features a new plaster lab, clay recycling room and a set of state-of-the-art gas burning kilns. Gregg Moore ,...

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January 25, 2011

New Bridge Completed, First Step Toward Campus Bike Path

By Sarah R. Schwartz ’10 Arcadia’s new bridge, located on the base of the lower parking lot off Church Road, serves as a conduit between Arcadia University and Cheltenham Township. It also marks a first step toward a possible bike and jogging path on campus, explains Tom Macchi , Associate Vice...


October 19, 2010

The Dome Mushrooms into New Play Space

From the top of the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride, peeking out from the fall foliage stands the newest addition to Arcadia’s campus. On Monday it took 22 facility workers six hours to install and 20 minutes to inflate the new sports dome. After two years of planning a summer of excavating, the dome...

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September 21, 2010

Boyer Hall, Science Labs Get Makeover, Green Roof

Over the summer, Facilities staff and Delran Builders gave Boyer Hall and its science labs an extensive makeover—adding four rooms, upgrading labs, creating an accessible bathroom, and even installing a green roof atop the amphitheater. The most stunning improvement is the build-out of the...

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September 8, 2010

Campus Road Now One-Way, New Sidewalk Added

Campus construction over the summer lead to changes for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic around Kuch Center. Pedestrians now enjoy a new sidewalk that runs along the parking lot side of Kuch Center, from Boyer Hall to Easton Hall. The sidewalk is part of the Orange Route and now carries...


August 31, 2010

Orange Route and Green Route Are Shortest Paths

Philadelphia might have its "blue route," but Arcadia now has the Orange Route and the Green Route—and they are the shortest routes to get through campus during construction of the new University Commons Student Center. ( See map with Orange Route and Green Route .) These routes are marked with...


July 20, 2010

New Gardens Pop Up All Over Campus—Thousands of Plants

“Tim Gallagher is an artist and a miracle worker,” notes Tom Macchi , Associate Vice President of Facilities and Capital Planning. “During our year of construction, he’s creating dozens of oases of green—and other colors—for the campus to enjoy.” “If you’ve been walking around campus lately, and...


June 23, 2010

Construction: Kuch Hospitality Suite Makes Way for Commons

For those on campus this summer, watching the activity around the University Commons construction has been fascinating. A common refrain, “Why am I so fascinated by bull dozers and dump trucks that I have to keep checking to see what’s happening?” Maybe it’s compelling to watch because so much is...

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June 8, 2010

Commons Construction: A Peek into the Castle Tunnel

Tunnels and trenches are the keywords for work this week on the University Commons. And the campus got a rare peek into the infamous Castle tunnel–visible standing at the Brubaker entrance. A trench along the Dining Complex side of the field will soon contain the University’s electrical power and...

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June 2, 2010

Bookstore Moves to Lower Level of Dining Complex

Templeton Bookstore has moved from its old home in Kuch Center to its new home on the first floor of the Dining Complex. The bookstore is scheduled to open in this new location on Friday, June 4. The relocation makes way for construction of the University Commons, and it puts the Bookstore in a...


June 2, 2010

Commons: Work Begins on Electrical, Fiber and Water Lines

Bulldozers and backhoes are hard at work on the University Commons, and this week most of the work is infrastructure—electrical ducts, fiber and communications network, and water, sanitary and groundwater lines. One of the initial projects is to reroute the main electrical duct bank, which...

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May 25, 2010

Fencing Goes Up as Commons Construction Begins

The construction crew wasted no time getting to work on the University Commons. Fencing around the site went up on Monday, May 24, and by Tuesday, graders had cut a construction road and shovels had begun to clear the site. New walkways and entraces also are being constructed this week around the...

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May 25, 2010

New Mobilty Access Under Construction for Boyer

As part of the University Commons construction project, a new mobility access entryway is being constructed for Boyer Hall. The accessible entry between Boyer and Kuch Center will remain blocked during construction. The new mobility accessible entrance is on the side of Boyer facing Landman Library...

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May 18, 2010

Commons Construction: A Tale of Tunnels and Bridges

Imagine: Digging 96 geothermal wells 400 feet deep. Building a pedestrian bridge from the Castle walkway to the new University Commons. Cutting through the underground tunnel that runs from the Castle to Murphy and Spruance—for now. And creating new pedestrian shortcuts around the construction site...

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May 14, 2010

Commons Construction Begins; Watch for Orange and Green Routes

By President Jerry Greiner I am pleased to report that we are about to fulfill a long-overdue need at Arcadia as we begin construction on the University Commons right after Commencement. Even before I accepted the presidency at Arcadia, I envisioned the day when this University would have a vibrant...

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