Improvements all around campus

One of the most visible—and audible—updates to the Hilltop this fall will be felt throughout town as the 1882 King Chapel clock is ticking again and the carillon is ringing.  The Seth Thomas clock once again keeps time over campus and rings on the hour after being shut off for a year, and the carillons are ringing after about 18 months of silence.

Workers install carpet on the stairs of King Chapel. The entire building's carpet, which was installed in the 1960s, was replaced this summer.

Among dozens of other summer upgrades, King Chapel’s interior also was enhanced with new plaster and red carpet. The Spear Memorial sundial, which has stood near College Hall since 1906, was cleaned and a protective coating applied.

There have been changes to academic buildings, as well. In the Norton Geology Center, track lighting was replaced with modern LED lighting. Facilities Services replaced 70 100-watt light bulbs with 60 7-watt LED bulbs, for a savings of more than 6,000 watts. In Norton, carpet was replaced with laminate flooring, and the third-floor classrooms were reconfigured. Classrooms in West Science were also reconfigured, with lab benches removed in two rooms.

Residential buildings also received special treatment. Approximately 100 residence hall rooms were

The Spear Memorial sundial, which has been on campus since 1906, was cleaned and got a protective coating.

painted, and two residence halls—Bowman-Carter and Olin—got new windows, along with repairs to the exterior of both buildings. Three homes the college uses for faculty/staff rental were also refurbished, along with the temporary residence for President Jonathan Brand and his family.

Athletics upgrades include revamped batting cages. And two new electric golf carts are seen buzzing throughout campus for tours and other services. What makes the golf carts special is their color—they’re purple, of course—and the fact that they have the college logo emblazoned on the front.