Dordt College News

Finishing touches underway on Dordt's academic complex

August 4, 2009

Academic Complex

Ceiling tiles are up and the floor coverings are going down, as the completion date approaches on a $5.5 million academic complex at Dordt College.

The Douglas and Henrietta (Miedema) Ribbens Academic Complex will be ready for occupancy on opening day, though finishing touches will likely be completed after August 26, the first day of classes at Dordt. A dedication ceremony for the building has been scheduled during Parents Weekend, October 16-17.

The computer services department moved into their wing of the building the first weekend of August, and the education faculty will move into their portion of the facility during the second week of August. According to Arlan Nederhoff, vice president of business affairs, a contingency plan is in place to utilize the completed portions of the building should the entire facility not be ready by opening day.

Academic Complex Work
Dordt students employed by the college over the summer are helping with the finishing touches on the new academic complex building. Pictured are a trio of student workers who are sliding ceiling tiles into place.

Dordt students employed by the college over the summer are part of the process, following up subcontractors to set ceiling tiles into grids; clean and vacuum; and bring in chairs and desks for the opening day of classes.

The new academic complex will provide exciting new academic space for Dordt’s growing enrollment in art/graphic art, digital media film production, and teacher education majors, as well as an expanded entry lobby for students to interact with faculty and peers.

Teacher education classrooms have been equipped with state-of-the-art (and newly emerging) educational technology in a smart technology classroom; a science methods classroom; and three other new model classrooms. An education faculty suite provides space for education faculty offices and informal learning areas for professors and students to discuss teaching strategies.

Academic Complex Work
A pair of Dordt alumni Bruce Lefever, Class of ’71 (standing); and Luke Taylor, Class of ’03, were busy installing stacks of carpet tile in Dordt classrooms last week. Taylor is a teacher at Delavan Christian in Wisconsin, and was recruited by his father-in-law to help with this sizable project.

Digital media and graphic design computer labs are equipped with the latest AVID movie production software and network servers. More workstations will be available for growing graphic design, web design, animation, and digital media classes. The space supports the collaboration between graphic design and digital media majors, and includes a soft-seating area for round-table team project discussion and a project critique display area.

Art facilities include new areas for sculpting, painting, and print-making, as well as a newly remodeled art gallery and a kiln room. The art department will have 13,000 square feet of centralized studio, photography, digital media, gallery, and office space, and features large studio areas with skylights, extensive built in cabinetry; vented hood areas, and dust removal systems to improve the efficiency, safety and comfort of students learning the latest artistic concepts.

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