New Renovations and Security Added to Village Area of Campus

Matthew Krauss, News Writer • mfkrauss17@ehc.edu

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Caroline Mosteller

The Emory & Henry administration is making plans to restore aging facilities and to help the newly opened Village Townhouse to improve its security. Currently, building efforts are focused primarily on the Village.

Because there are now 300 students living in the Village, many additional new safety initiatives must be implemented in order to create what administration has named “safe zones.”

Mark Graham, general counsel and executive assistant to the president, has been overseeing this process and the renovations that will continue into next year.

Once they create a safe environment at the Village, the builders will focus efforts on renovating the roof of Carriger Hall.

“Residents of Stuart will be relocated in the spring to other dorms even if renovation of Carriger has not finished before the spring” explained Graham.To increase safety, blue police phone boxes were installed in the Village.

However, Mark Graham said that the boxes will become the “standard” in a “campus wide initiative” and that the new boxes will appear when more funds are available.

These boxes come equipped with security cameras to aid in monitoring the places on the outskirts of campus.

These construction initiatives are not only trying to make students stay safe, but they also aim to help the environment.

Throughout the Village, new energy efficient LED lighting has been installed.

Even though these LED bulbs are much more expensive than the average light bulb, as they cost 6k per bulb, these bulbs will ultimately save the school money. These LED lights reportedly last seven years, and they display superior LED white light.

LED lights, according to Specgrad.com, radiate light, which is better for health because it does not damage skin melatonin, unlike more traditional blue light waves.

The faculty is also working on improving student crossing at Oxford Avenue, the road that runs in front of the Emory & Henry Mercantile Company, Macado’s and Weaver. Hall To help prevent students from walking in the road, another crosswalk will be built next to the depot with a sidewalk at the end that will cross the tracks especially for residents of the village.

Campus building projects are determined by the board of trustees but the actual building projects that happen often revolve around ensuring that infrastructure is up to local government building code.

Due to the increase in residents of the Village townhouses, the Washington County Zoning Board has required that the school provide more parking spots. This parking area will be located in a new lot behind Macado’s and paving will start in the spring.

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