Transformation Underway for Alumni Hall
Fundraising for Building Complete; Terrace Fundraising On-Going
The transformation of Alumni Hall is underway. The steelwork is in and walls are beginning to appear. Work continues on schedule, on budget, and on track for LEED Silver certification. The general contractor is P.J. Hoerr of Peoria and the architects are Holabird and Root of Chicago. Plans are underway for a dedication of Alumni Hall on Saturday, October 11 during Homecoming 2014.
Thanks to the 700 alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff, and Galesburg community donors, gifts and pledges have reached $11.8 million, the amount needed to not only pay for the construction, but also the soft costs -- technology, furniture, and building finishes -- to complete the building. Members of the Knox College Board of Trustees account for more than 60% of the total gifts raised. We are grateful for their vision to see this project to fruition and to trustee Mark Kleine for overseeing the task force for the project.
Hoerr Schaudt, Chicago landscape architects, who visited campus last spring in anticipation of developing a plan for the part of campus bordered by Alumni Hall, Old Main, Seymour Hall, and Seymour Library, have designed a wonderful terrace with seating and gardens for the south side of Alumni Hall. When students visited with Hoerr Schaudt, they described this area as the iconic college quad and noted that currently there were only sidewalks to traverse the area and no space to encourage sitting, relaxing with friends, and thinking. View renderings of the terrace and learn more about available funding opportunities for the terrace. $250,000 remains to be raised to complete the terrace plans, incluidng tables and chairs on the terrace.
Thanks for joining with other alumni and friends of Knox College to help restore the building proudly known as Alumni Hall.