Construction Update

Construction has already begun on our new residences, Founders Village 3-4, and the attached new wing for student services and recreation. Below are updates on key activities and changes.

Circulation and Parking
At this point in time there are no plans to close any roads during the course of the project. The parking plan will remain as it is today for the rest of the academic year. Construction parking will be at the west end of the PEC near the storage building. Construction staging will be next to the east detention pond, inside the fenced-off parking area and at the construction parking area.

Demolition of the Center for Student Life (CSL) will begin the first week of November to allow topsoil striping and excavation to begin for Building 4 and the new student services/recreation wing. Also, during the first week of November, the second phase of the construction fence will be installed. The newly paved temporary walk next to the PEC will be the main exterior access point to campus from Lot I.

In addition, footings and foundation work has begun for Building 3.

Computer Access
A “distributed model” will substitute for the CSL computer lab. Computers and printers are being added to the Veronica Hall lobby and to several other “study boxes” located in residence halls, including Anthony 112, Clare 268, and Judge 401. CSL lab computers will also be added to various locations in the Upland Center, and at least 13 computers will be added to the popular Learning Commons in the Franco Library.
Several staff members have moved to new locations:
The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (Dr. James Foster, and Eleanor Logan) moved from BH 156 to FH 405-410.
Student Activities (Abby Swatchick, Robyn Schultz, Nick Yando, and Nick Adams) have moved to BH 156.
Campus Ministry has moved to FH, as has University Life Operations Coordinator Sandy Kroenig. (Fr. Kevin Queally to FH 218 B; Sandy Kroenig to FH 218 A; Jo Pressimone, Aaron Malnick, Sr. Christen Shukwit, Sr. Florence Kruczek, Bryan Otruba, and Intern Nikki Dietrich to FH 200 A-D.)
Multicultural Initiatives (Mary Lozada and Aida Garman) has moved to the temporary VP for University Life office suite on the second floor of Veronica Hall.
Student Government Association, Student Campus Ministers, as well as student workers for Student Activities and Multicultural Initiatives have moved to Judge Hall Lounge, with a new exterior entrance near the JH south entrance.

Phase 1 Map (Click for a zoomable version)

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Phase 2 Map - Beginning the weekend of November (Click for a zoomable version)

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  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.