Alma College

Mitchell + Newberry Halls

Alma, Michigan // 82,000 sq. ft.

Mitchell and Newberry Halls are two of the main undergraduate dorms on Alma College’s campus. As part of Alma’s Master Plan Implementation Strategy, these 1960’s vintage buildings were upgraded with improved mechanical and electrical systems, building envelope improvements, and dorm room finish renovations.

Part of this upgrade includes the renovation of the group shower and toilet rooms to single-occupancy bathrooms to give students individual private restrooms. Our team worked with Alma to ensure that the fixture count was not changed; each floor featured a total of 16 grouped showers, sinks, and toilets, and will continue to do so. This innovative configuration will offer Alma flexibility in room assignment, as they will not have to arrange students by restroom needs, and it will also allow for a smooth integration of gender-neutral students into the dorm communities.

Working closely with Granger Construction, we were able to complete this 82,000 square foot renovation over the course of one summer; construction was completed in 16 weeks. Consequently, Alma College will not lose any bed revenue, feature increased student privacy, and enhanced social space for students.

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