By Kimberlyn Bennett
Hood College received massive renovations to many of its facilities during the summer break.
On campus renovations included new structures and fixing deferred maintenance issues, which are items that needed to be fixed, but have been deferred till later.
“We have a combination of fixing the old and renovating the new,” President Volpe said.
About ten years ago, the college had $80 million worth of deferred maintenance. To effectively fix all of the issues, the college developed a master plan to address some of the deferred maintenance every summer.
“This has been an ongoing project. We still have more to address on campus,” Volpe said.
Deferred maintenance fixes included the additions of a new fire alarm and sprinkler system to Memorial Hall.
Other renovations to Memorial are a new central air conditioning system and an upgraded water line to improve water pressure in the building.
“The new air conditioner has made Memorial so much more bearable. It’s also helped regulate the moisture problem in the building,” Kristen Geatz, sophomore and Memorial Resident Assistant, said.
Other renovations on campus included the six new tennis courts by the pool, which will be completed by August 17.
Before, the tennis team had to practice at Baker Park, but now they will have on campus facilities.
The pool was also remodeled this summer. The pool was expanded from six lanes to eight, a new deck was added and a permanent fabric structure will replace the bubble that previously covered the area.
A new pool locker room building was also built. The facility offers offices for the swimming coaches and the tennis coach.
“That structure now complements the character of the campus,” Chuck Mann, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer.
All of the pool renovations were funded by the Monocacy Aquatic Club.
“We wouldn’t have done it without out partnership with the Monocacy Aquatic Club,” Mann said.
This summer, Hood Drive was also repaved and Brodbeck received refurbishment to its auditorium.
The college only had 90 days to complete all the summer renovations.
“This campus is a beehive of activity in the summer,” Volpe said.