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Renovation of Bergen Hall Is Off to a Great Start


Bergen Hall, the two-story men’s residence south of the Reimer Student Life Centre, was built in 1984. Since its construction, it has seen regular maintenance but very few updates. Structurally, Bergen Hall is in good condition considering it has been filled with 18- to 25-year-old men for the last twenty-seven years. However, it is ready for a major renovation.

“We are planning to renovate Bergen Hall one wing at a time,” explains Heath Holden, Vice President for Facilities Management. “Our goal is to make it a modern and inviting living space for our male students and our campus guests. To accomplish this, we will replace flooring, windows, window coverings, cabinetry, light fixtures, plumbing and heating fixtures, beds, desks, chairs, sub-lounge furniture, and give it a fresh coat of paint. This will essentially give Bergen Hall a complete interior makeover, creating a living space our students and guests deserve.”

In September 2010, the Facilities department started this project by closing down the lower east (Moody) wing of Bergen. In the end fourteen rooms, the resident director’s suite, and the sub-lounge were renovated. This first stage of the Bergen Hall renovation was made possible through the very substantial support of Board Member Harold Barg, President of NDL Construction, furniture donated by Frank and Agnes DeFehr (also a Providence Board member) of DeFehr Furniture, the generosity of a few contractors and suppliers, and a great Facilities Department.

Marlin Reimer, Director of Student Development, says, “The renovated wing looks like it belongs in a brand new building. It is modern, attractive, user-friendly, and comfortable. It will be greatly appreciated by residence students! I am grateful to the many people who have put significant effort into this project.”

In keeping with Providence’s desire to reduce its environmental footprint, the Facilities Department chose environmentally friendly materials for the renovation, such as energy efficient windows, energy efficient lighting and heating fixtures, eco-friendly flooring, and natural woods in the construction of the cabinets and furniture.

The Facilities Department will open Moody wing to students in January 2012. The renovated wing will be available for campus rentals in the summer. The Department will close another wing and start working on it as soon as the students move into the newly renovated Moody wing in January. The goal is to have the interior of Bergen Hall completely renovated by September 2016.




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