Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Main Hall corridor receives updated look

A group of students is putting a fresh face on Main Hall, painting the hallways that lead away from the lobby.

The corridor walls have been blue for approximately 30 years, but the student workers are painting them a pale yellow.

The work should be completed by the time classes start next week, said Bob Hefner, a painter in the College's Building and Ground's department.

The College regularly hires students to help with painting projects between semesters. It is a win-win situation for all involved, as it gives students a place to live, some income, and helps freshen the look on campus, Hefner said.

Students working on the paint job include Mimi Joshi ’14, Samantha Lawrence ’15, Ben See ’13, Julia Kim ’14, Shreya Sharma ’14.

Some of the College's longest serving employees remember the walls being blue for as long as they have worked here.

They were painted blue in the late 1970s or early 1980s, when Sarah Tomerlin Lee ’32, a former College trustee, and her design firm completed a renovation and redesign.

The lobby was painted yellow in 1999, according to Heather Ayers Garnett ’86, director of alumnae and alumni.

This new look is just one major change to Main Hall. The College also is making progress on the $6 million renovation of the student center on the back of Main Hall. That renovation is creating features including gathering spaces, a theatre, a fitness center overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.