A symbolic groundbreaking ceremony at Wabash College on January 30 marked the start of construction for Shepley Bulfinch’s re-design and renovation of Martindale Hall, the most prominent student residence on the Crawfordsville, Indiana, campus.
Speaking at the ceremony, Wabash President Gregory Hess celebrated the elevation of the quality of independent student housing for this small men’s college with the completion of a new six-unit residential life complex that added 136 new beds on the west part of the campus and the revitalization of 55-year old Martindale Hall.
Built in 1961, Martindale is the largest of Wabash’s residence halls. The redesign borrows several concepts from the new residential precinct, providing a variety of room configurations, from singles to quads; common areas; and group study rooms. The grand living room, which will open to the college’s arboretum, will feature a two-story fireplace, as well as cooking, dining, and social spaces. The re-imagined building will house 79 students and will be ready for occupancy in August 2016.
In his remarks President Hess honored Wabash College Trustee Jay Williams (’66), Vice Chairman of the Board’s Building & Grounds Committee, for his leadership and commitment to the transformation of student life on the campus.
“That [Jay] was among the very first students to live in the then-’brand new’ Martindale all four years made him a natural choice to lead the Building & Grounds Committee in our efforts to make Martindale a showpiece on the Wabash campus once again… All of us are indebted to Jay for the many sacrifices he has made… and for his sincere and undeniable passion for this project.”
Shepley Bulfinch completed the college’s 2013 campus master plan and the design of the west student housing precinct, which has opened in phases over the past year.