Chatham gets Richland's OK to build residence hall, cafeteria at Eden Hall campus
A residence hall and cafeteria are coming to Chatham University's 388-acre Eden Hall campus in Richland.
Richland supervisors voted June 18 to approve a developer's agreement that permits Chatham to construct the two buildings and connect them to public sewer lines.
The developer's agreement also bonds Chatham to rehabilitate Ridge Road between Kim Lane and Glasgow Road — a project estimated to cost $418,242.
“It contains all the details, like the bonding requirements,” Chatham University spokesman Walter Fowler, vice president for finance and administration, said about the developer's agreement.
The proposed 67-bed, three-story dormitory and separate cafeteria — actually part of a “commons” building with classrooms — are among a number of projects planned for Chatham University's latest phase of development for its Eden Hall campus, which straddles Ridge Road.
Chatham officials expect the residence hall and multipurpose building to both earn top-tier, platinum-level certification for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, from the U.S. Green Buildings Council.
A new bikeway, separate but parallel to Ridge Road, is another project in this construction phase.
A hole in the ground for the new commons building already is visible.
“The commons building is one story above ground and one story below ground,” Fowler said.
The building will include a cafeteria-type kitchen, multipurpose space for dining, a root cellar and a classroom with tiered seating for video conferences.
Electricity-producing solar panels will be installed on the roofs of both the residence hall and commons building.
The commons building also will get rooftop, box-like fuel cells for chemically converting natural gas into electricity.
“It's a very sustainable way of creating electricity,” Fowler said about the fuel cells. “Eventually we hope to convert those from natural gas to bio-gas.
“When we get animals out there, we'll be able to compost the waster from the animals … and that can be used as fuel for these things (fuel cells),” Fowler said.
Chatham expects to complete construction of the new residence hall and commons building by August 2015.
Projects already completed on the Eden Hall campus include an amphitheater, field laboratory with tanks for tilapia farming and a student café in a former dairy barn.
In 2008, the Eden Hall Foundation donated the former Eden Hall estate of late H.J. Heinz executive Sebastian Mueller to Chatham University for its new School of Sustainability and the Environment.
“This fall, we're admitting the first undergraduate students to our sustainability school,” Fowler said. Chatham officials expect to initially welcome 12 to 14 students for the school's four-year program for a bachelor's degree in sustainability, Fowler said.
“We really need residence-hall space and this commons building to activate the campus,” Fowler said. “We'll have students living there in the fall of 2015.”
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Longtime Ross building-code official fired by commissioners
- Restaurant takes action with cracked West View sidewalk
- Photo Gallery: Superhero Day at McIntyre Elementary
- Opening winery dream come true for Hampton man
- Proposal would allow Hampton residents to house honeybees for noncommercial use
- Ross 5K event, fun run to promote fitness for children
- Planning commission doesn’t favor updated plan
- Faith leads Franklin Park man down path to productions
- Shaler approves $244K paving plan
- New location in Ross enables store to continue mission of helping women
- Preliminary Hampton school budget calls for tax hike