Students returning to Colby-Sawyer this fall found a number of campus improvements completed over the summer as part of the college’s commitment to the student and community experience. Notable projects included rejuvenated lounges in some student residence halls, a repaved Chargers Road and the installation of an electric vehicle charging station.

Students living in Burpee, Colby and Austin were greeted with fresh paint, new carpet and renovated lounges complete with new furniture and TVs.

The apartments in college-owned houses on the perimeter of campus were upgraded to provide an even more enhanced independent living experience. Grey House, London House, Red House, White House and Yellow House all have new painting, carpeting and flooring.

“We want the residence halls to feel like home for students, and we want them to take pride in their homes,” said Director of Residential Education Mary McLaughlin. “Though the community they find in the halls lends itself best to that, these renovations help facilitate that connection.”

Andrews Construction, which last summer rebuilt The Loop, oversaw the reconstruction of Chargers Road. A new crushed stone base, wider shoulders and fresh pavement greatly improve the thoroughfare between Ivey Science Center and Mercer Hall. That project, and others, was made possible by a generous donation.

“A number of summer projects were completed because members of the Board of Trustees directed gifts to address specific needs,” Vice President for College Advancement Dan Parish said. “The board has been very supportive of the college, contributing almost $1.4 million in gifts as a group last year.”

As part of the college’s commitment to sustainability, an electrical vehicle charging station was installed in Lot D thanks to a gift from Jamie Hess and Lisa Kendrick Hess '81, who serve on the New London Energy Committee.

Information Technology, which previously occupied the lower level of Colgate, moved into the first floor computer lab, which then moved to the former graphic design studio in Sawyer Center. The Sawyer Center’s Box Office was removed, and rehearsal and other spaces in Sawyer have been revamped to provide more study and gathering spaces. The Curb, both inside and out, have new seating areas that already are attracting students and fostering community.

Less visible projects on campus included new HVAC units for Mercer Hall and Hogan Sports Center. Colby Homestead was resided and the steam heating plant in Ware Student Center was replaced.

A direct result of generous donors and the collaboration between facilities and other departments, these projects have already made an immediate impact on the campus experience to kick off the fall semester for new and returning students.