NEC member Rivier University will soon start major renovations that will transform its 70-acre campus into a more accessible space that better reflects the institution’s commitment to learning and faith. The renovations at the Nashua, NH, campus will focus on improving existing structures, building new ones, and creating a campus infrastructure that facilitates engagement and mobility. The University hopes to finish most of the construction, which will be done in several phases, by August 2015 when it hosts the international conference of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.
The $4 million renovation project, dubbed the Gateway Projects, was approved by the University in 2012 and the detailed plans were just recently unveiled. The project has the support of both current students and alumni who view it as a means to better showcase the University’s value to the community. The early phases of construction will focus on renovating the Resurrection Chapel, improving the Campus Quad, and building a granite gateway entrance to the university.
“We have an enormous opportunity to transform our own campus. The university has one time to make a first impression, so that is the motivation behind this initiative,” said Sister Paula Marie Buley, president of Rivier. She added that “these projects are going to be our gateways to learning and engagement and enhanced opportunities for staff and students.”
The improvements to Rivier University through the Gateway Projects will greatly enhance the quality of the campus and will subsequently benefit faculty, staff, students, and the community. The New England Council congratulates Rivier University for moving forward with their renovation project and wishes them luck going forward.