The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of … Construction

June 20, 2007

On paper, the Mary Baldwin University campus master plan,Transforming Our Environment, is intriguing and exciting, but it is static. It is from the windows, doors, and walkways that those on the Mary Baldwin campus bear witness to the third year of sweeping campus improvements. Spurred by a generous donation from alumna Bertie Deming Smith ’46 during summer 2005, the paintbrushes, hammers, cranes, and scaffolding arrived and jaws started to drop at the college’s physical transformation.

Last summer, the progress — from small details such as fresh coats (and colors) of paint to digging huge trenches and tedious work on the brick, woodwork, and roof at Rose Terrace — leapt forward.

In 2007, the project everyone is talking about is the removal and replacement of four huge columns that were part of the Student Activities Center original to Staunton Military Academy. The pictures speak for themselves, and if you would like more evidence, stroll around almost any spot around campus and visit the September 2006 issue of The Cupola for a graphic of the work done in 2005 and 2006.

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