What Will Rollins Look Like in 5 Years?

March 21, 2012

Rollins College

Inherent in the concept of progress is the certainty of change. In order to ensure the former, Rollins has initiated several major construction projects. Their aim is to enhance a campus long-recognized for its beauty. Yes, this will mean more trees and green space and more buildings reflecting Rollins’ signature Mediterranean-style architecture. But these changes are more than cosmetic: They strive to reflect Rollins’ already robust commitment to engaged learning and responsible living.

The Alfond Inn at Rollins
The Alfond Inn at Rollins

The Alfond Inn at Rollins

As early as Summer 2013, visitors to Rollins will have a new place to stay. Funded by a $12.5 million gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation, The Alfond Inn at Rollins will provide rooms within walking distance of the campus—at the landmark site that was formerly the home of the Langford Hotel (located at the intersection of East New England and South Interlachen Avenues). The roughly 100,000-square-foot facility will feature 112 guest rooms, 8,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space, an iconic conservatory, a restaurant, an elevated pool deck, a bar, fitness center, and a series of courtyards. More…

Learning potential: In addition to providing meeting and common spaces for formal and informal as well as scheduled and impromptu gatherings, The Alfond Inn at Rollins will feature one common area that is inspired by the College's mission of life-long learning. Dubbed the Library, the space will offer Rollins and community members a welcoming and sophisticated environment for intellectual conversations.

Sustainability measures: Meet LEED Certification standards; variable flow energy efficient chillers on the roof, which will generate and distribute chilled water for efficient temperature zone control; CO2 sensors located in the meeting rooms and ballroom, which will reduce the amount of outdoor air needed when unoccupied; intelligent thermostats that, along with door switches and room occupancy sensors, adjust the room temperature based on occupancy; energy efficient lighting, which is controlled by occupancy sensors for energy conservation; low-flow plumbing fixtures; drought tolerant landscaping.

View From Annie Russell Theatre
Atrium View 2

Archibald Granville Bush Science Center

The redesign and expansion of the Archibald Granville Bush Science Center will reinforce the centrality of math and the sciences to a liberal arts education and create a thriving academic center for the entire Rollins community. The reconfigured interior will provide state-of-the-art learning environments including instructional labs, classroom spaces, research labs, and student-faculty collaborative areas near faculty offices. More…

Learning potential: Open design to encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary approach to the scientific process; central cafe to promote the kind of spontaneous interactions that spur creative thought; more labs to support additional independent projects.

Sustainability measures: Meet LEED Silver Certification standards; massive heat recovery wheel, which will recover 70 percent of energy associated with dehumidifying and cooling; large cistern on roof, which will collect rain water to be reused for sanitary purposes; extensive use of occupancy sensors; high efficiency lighting systems; thermal pane windows with high-performance glazing systems for heat control; LED lighting; low-water use fixtures; carpet tiles, so that pieces can be replaced with less waste; low-VOC paint; air conditioning provided by efficient chill water production.

Though the new Bush Science Center will be more efficient than the current building, it will also use more energy. That’s because Rollins wants to ensure the safest learning environment by providing the cleanest air. Increasing fivefold the air change rate from 9,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM) to 45,000 CFM, the building will offer its occupants a higher quality of air. However, doing so requires more energy consumption. It’s a comprise we feel is well worth it.

View through Learning Commons
Bookmark Cafe
View of Offices through Learning Commons

Olin Library

Beginning next summer, the second floor of the Olin Library will undergo major changes to address 21st-century concerns. Reference materials will shrink by 90 percent, opening up a large space that will include a wholesale coffee shop and a sizeable learning commons. The Bookmark Café will move from its current location to the east side of the floor, complete with an expanded food service area, more comfortable seating, and an atmosphere that reflects a true coffee shop. The learning commons will also be expanded to double the number of computers and space around each computer; to offer significantly more outlets for laptops and mobile devices; and to include more varied and more comfortable seating.

The already-completed Center for Creativity features state-of-the-art computers that are outfitted with the latest software for digital production. According to Library Direction Jonathan Miller, it’s a “cutting-edge space where people go not only to consume information but also to produce it.”

Learning potential: 24-hour access during the academic year; librarians and staff who are more accessible; increased digital resources.

Sustainability measures: The renovations will include some small upgrades, such as LED lighting. However, built over 25 years ago, Olin Library is already more efficient than most LEED-certified buildings and many newer buildings: It uses nearly half the energy of comparable academic buildings, which average 85 kilo BTUs compared to Olin’s 43 kilo BTUs.

The Quad

The Quad and Gateway

Rollins plans to alter the heart of campus while increasing the heart health of our community. Following national trends on community building and environmental standards, the new layout will focus on walkability. The landscaped pedestrian mall will feature a walkway, more oak trees, additional lawn space, and a relocated Nelson Rose Garden.

Extending to Fairbanks Avenue, the quad will help create a visual link between the campus and the Alfond Inn at Rollins. Part of that connection will involve relocating and redesigning the Fairbanks Avenue pedestrian crossing, complete with a gateway marking the entrance to campus.

Learning potential: More outdoor space for impromptu interactions and collaborations.

Sustainability measures: Storm water treatment and retreatment, which plays an important role in sustainable groundwater management by recharging the aquifer; dark-sky compliant outdoor lighting, which reduces light pollution while cutting down on energy usage; computer-controlled LED fixtures, which will consume 1/3 less energy.

Strong Hall
Strong Hall

Strong Hall

In March, the existing facility will be replaced with two smaller buildings, to be completed in two phases. After the first phase is completed in August 2012, the number of student beds will increase from 30 to 40, and a portion of the existing facility will be used as offices for faculty members displaced by the Bush Science Center renovations. The second phase will commence following the completion of the Bush Science Center project.

The all-new Strong Hall, intended to last at least 100 years, will be able to accommodate 60-80 students in rooms configured as semi-suite residences. A large study and common area will be in each building, with smaller nooks throughout, allowing for more intimate gatherings.

Learning potential: In addition to a common theme or interest that may emerge for Strong Hall, the five core values of the Office of Residential Life—learning, social justice, responsibility, collaboration, and leadership—will shape the community and compliment the academic experience. These values ensure the establishment of an ideal community, augment the college mission, and have implications for the classroom and beyond.

Sustainability measures: Thermal pane windows with high-performance glazing systems for heat control; individual temperature controls in each room; occupancy sensors; LED lighting; low-water use fixtures; carpet tiles, so that pieces can be replaced with less waste; low-VOC paint; air conditioning provided by efficient chilled-water production.

Monitor energy consumption in real-time.

BTU meters allow us to track energy consumption, influence future decisions regarding buildings, and make the community more aware of where our energy is consumed. Check out which buildings are using the least amount of energy.

These five projects barely skim the surface of all the construction projects Rollins has planned for the next 10 years and the ones already completed. For example, last summer, Annie Russell Theatre underwent renovations, and this winter, Rollins built a new pool at Sutton Hall, which opened last month. The latter offered an opportunity to build a collection basin for storm water treatment to protect Lake Virginia.

Future projects include a new Child Development Center, renovations to the Cornell Campus Center, and a new black box theatre. Check out the Campus Master Plan to learn more about all of the projects Rollins plans to undertake. (Note: This is a large file and may take a few seconds to load.)

By Laura J. Cole

Office of Marketing & Communications
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