With the Thomas Family Health and Science Center now complete, Northwest Nazarene University has moved its operational focus to completing its 20 other campus improvement projects. With the completion of the Helstrom Business Center only a few years past, current renovations taking place in the theology building and the old science building, now to be known as the graduate education, social work and counseling building, scheduled for remodeling, NNU continues to invest heavily in the academic futures of its students.
But, this has been the summer of student housing, said Dick Van Schyndel, director of campus operations and the $1.5 million project. “The students will be flabbergasted when they return,” he added with a chuckle. And with good cause—by the end of the summer two of the residence halls on campus will have been completely renovated on the inside: new bathrooms, new fixtures, new carpeting and tile throughout and new energy efficient windows. Additionally, there will be a courtyard added between these two residence halls complete with amphitheatre and bike racks.
Elsewhere on campus, new roofing is being replaced on three dormitories, new fences are being added surrounding the campus, 29 trees are being planted, sidewalks are being replaced, duplexes are being remodeled and a back-up power supply has been added.
“NNU understands that it is a destination campus,” said Van Schyndel. “Students live here the majority of the year, so we want to make sure that they are comfortable at their academic home.”
The campus renovations are scheduled to be complete by the end of August when the students return for the semester, and $1.5 million will have been invested into their comfort.