2019 Summer Improvements

Benedictine College’s Summer 2019 Campus Improvements

Westerman Hall

This year, students returning to Benedictine college in Atchison, Kansas, will notice summer upgrades before they even get to campus. The City of Atchison has added streetlights and replaced or added sidewalks along Second Street on the approach to campus.

Benedictine College’s transformative plan Benedictine 2020: A Vision for Greatness called for a continual upgrade of campus facilities to better serve students.

Westerman Hall. For three years, Benedictine College has been building America’s finest small-college STEM facility. It was completed this summer with the addition of a new 3D Printing Lab, two new engineering offices and new décor. This new 100,000-square-foot expanded and renovated science building will be dedicated Sunday, Oct. 27, during Homecoming Weekend.

Residence Halls. In addition to annual summer refreshment, residence halls will receive structural improvements. Newman Hall’s two-year project is complete and all the bathrooms have new shower units, toilets, flooring, lighting, and doors. Additionally, Newman Hall is receiving a new hot water boiler.  McDonald Hall handrails have been reinforced. A defective chiller has been replaced at Elizabeth Hall which, along with Guadalupe Hall, also has had kitchens added to its suites

Mother Teresa Nursing Center. Nursing students will be welcomed by an enlarged student study space, a student lounge and kitchenette, and with a new exam room. This renovated space will help accommodate the increased number of nursing students since the program was expanded.

Turfed fields. Thanks to gifts from donors, the college installed new turf on both the football and soccer/lacrosse fields. Not just the turf is new on the soccer field. Donors have provided the soccer stadium with new Scoreboard, seats and lights.

Sidewalks and streets. Several repairs are being made to the drives and sidewalks across campus. Sidewalks and curbing across campus are being replaced to correct deficiencies and potential safety hazards.

Technological upgrades. The IT staff has done extensive work over the summer. Cybersecurity has been upgraded campuswide, including a firewall upgrade and all classroom computers have been replaced with new machines.