Beth Bennett ’07 (Fair Oaks, California) is co-president of the Student Organization for the Protection of the Environment, a group determined to bringing waste composting to the Carleton dining halls. "College is one of the times when we have the ability to change our surroundings," Bennet says. "Why wouldn’t students take advantage of that?"
Renovating buildings and upgrading technology: $35 million
- To modernize existing buildings to meet programmatic and technological needs while preserving the historical character of some of Carleton’s oldest structures
- To invest in facilities that reflect the contemporary learning and teaching needs of today’s students and faculty members
Carleton is committed to a highly engaged teaching and learning experience. Prudent renovation of its academic buildings will create spaces in which students and faculty members can work effectively, learning and teaching alongside each other in facilities appropriate to each discipline while helping to create interdisciplinary synergies. Programmatic changes drive a building’s renovation, as does the need for basic facilities upgrades, including mechanical systems, roofing, and exterior improvements.
Many classroom spaces will be retooled and reconfigured with the latest technology in order to enable faculty members to teach with current pedagogies.
The middle school building renovation will affect other buildings, as programs shift locations and buildings are repurposed. Those buildings include the Music and Drama Center, Scoville Hall, Willis Hall, and Boliou Hall.
Other buildings in need of renovation are:
- Burton Dining Hall for improvements in traffic flow, lighting, and food preparation
- Laird Stadium, as it moves from a residential facility to an academic one, primarily for use by the physical education, athletics and recreation department
- Skinner Memorial Chapel for improved use as an assembly space