HMC Continues Construction on New Academic Building

Construction continues on the new teaching and learning center at Harvey Mudd College. The
building, which is expected to be completed by July 2013, is projected to earn gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

David Dower, Assistant Vice President of Planning and
Construction, has been overseeing construction.

“The students, faculty, staff and visitors to HMC’s campus
have been quite supportive of our efforts,” he said. “We just recently installed
the roof structure so the full mass or volume of the building is visible. Now
you can start to appreciate some of the interesting spaces that the building
has to offer like the courtyard, outdoor classroom and north terrace.”

As visitors approach the construction site, one of the first
things they notice is a colorful construction wall adorned with
photographs of current HMC students.

“It’s kind of weird to be
an incoming freshman when construction is going on,” Kate Arriola HM ’16 said. “You don’t quite remember what was there before, and so it’s kind of just
this huge mystery of what’s behind the wall. But I enjoy the wall. I like all
the pictures of the people on the wall. It makes my day every day when I walk
by their smiling faces.”

Some students said they are excited that this new building is replacing the old Thomas-Garrett Hall, originally
constructed in 1960. 

“A lot of students have the
opinion that some of our old classrooms are a little bit outdated,” tour guide Travis Beckman HM ’15 said. “It’ll be
really nice to have a state-of-the-art facility to match the state-of-the-art
research that a lot of students are doing here. I think it’s great that the
school is putting forth the effort to give students whom they pride so much,
and the work that they pride so much, a new place where they can continue to do
the cool work that they’ve done.”

Along with new classrooms
and lecture halls, a café will be built into the building.

Beckman said, “I don’t know exactly how
[the new café] is going to run, but right now we have Jay’s
Place, which is only open at night, so it would be cool to have something like
the Coop [at Pomona College] or like the Hub [at Claremont McKenna College] at Mudd because it’s so far to walk.”

According to the website of MATT Construction, the company in charge of the construction, the building
will be one of the first in the entire country to use Bubbledeck, a building
slab that uses recycled plastic balls, insulated with air, in the core of its
concrete. 

On-the-spot coverage
of the construction is available at http://www.hmc.edu/building/construction.shtml, where viewers can see photographs taken every five minutes from a camera mounted on the roof of Kingston Hall.

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