This summer, Chatfield College began work on the expansion and renovation of the Welcome Center on the St. Martin campus, a capital investment project made possible by Chatfield’s Building Community Capital Campaign. Originally built in 1960 for the Ursuline Teaching Institute, the Welcome Center is a multi-purpose facility currently housing the financial aid department, admissions suite, site director’s office, and the student & staff lounge and kitchenette.
“We are excited to be able to provide what will become an essentially new, state-of-the-art facility that our students will really enjoy”, explained Bob Elmore, Chatfield’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer who is overseeing the project. “The building will be light and bright and our students, faculty, staff and guests will be able to collaborate and gather together on a daily basis and for special events.”
In addition to expanding the footprint of the building by 1,190 square feet, an increase of 39%, the renovation of the Welcome Center will address several important needs: environmental abatement, replacement of an aging roof, bringing the building up to ADA compliance, enlarging and renovating the restrooms, adding a two-sided porch, and installing energy efficient windows and doors.
To date, the foundation, framing and roof trusses have been constructed for the new addition, and much of the interior framing and rough in of mechanicals, electrical and plumbing are complete.
The renovated Welcome Center will be fitting and respectful of existing campus architecture. It will provide a welcoming, student-oriented area for socializing and study, while also providing private office space for staff. “BHDP is proud to be working with Chatfield College”, explained architect Kevin Denman. “This project was a real challenge, but the end result will be spectacular and a great addition to an already warm, welcoming and bucolic campus, providing a student environment second to none.”