Facilities Updates Campus Over the Summer
by The Milton Measure on Friday, September 16th, 2011
Some of us spent the past three months blissfully relaxing on tropical beaches; some were agonizing over ancient texts or college applications. Most of us spent our time somewhere between paradise and reality. Regardless of our summer plans, we all anticipated a long-awaited return to Milton. However, while the students and faculty were concentrating on their tans or absorbing page after page of summer reading, the development and construction staffs were busy completing both major and minor projects to improve our campus.
The advanced and well-kept facilities Milton provides for its students are a key factor to our success as scholars, athletes, and artists. These behind-the-scene changes further enhance our experiences as Milton Academy students.
Perhaps the most noticeable change on campus is the relocation of the Art and Media Center. After a long summer away from Milton, many students were eager to revisit the art trailers where they had spent much of their time grueling over their precious masterpieces. However, upon reaching the shaded area where the trailers once stood, these hopeful artists found a patch of newly-sprouting vibrant green grass blocked off by caution tape.
The contents of the former trailer complex can now be found within the Old Science Building. Previously home exclusively to science, photography, health, and fitness classes, the building offers a more promising and spacious environment for Milton’s dedicated artists. The “new” facility includes several interconnecting studios, faculty offices and a computer lab, kept in order by the Visual Arts faculty.
In addition to planning relocations, the development staff carried out much-needed repairs to many areas on campus. This array of repairs included partial masonry improvements to the Apthorp Chapel, revisions and additions of campus signs, upgrades to the Forbes House student lounge and card access to new areas of several dorms. In front of Ware Hall, the lush trees that had formerly concealed parts of Ware have disappeared. In their place, the development staff has created a beautiful arrangement of shrubs and flowers.
However, changes made to the Milton Academy campus do not focus only on upgrading or beautifying the community. In the past few days, students may have heard an ominous, booming voice reverberating across the quad and throughout campus.
The sources of these mysterious announcements were the new emergency communication speakers added to the new Art and Media Center, Cox Library, CSG, RSG, Health Center, Children’s Centers and Ware Hall. These safety measures were taken in order to quickly relay instructions and information in case of a true emergency. As we dive into our 2011-12 year at Milton Academy, we will hopefully recognize and better appreciate these changes.
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