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Dordt College News
New apartments, prairie to be dedicated Saturday
October 12, 2010
Dordt’s new Kuyper Apartments will be dedicated at 10:15 a.m. in the common space on the north end of the building. Participating in the ceremony will be Dordt’s Board of Trustees chairman Randall Kroll; President Carl E. Zylstra, and Vice President for Student Services Bethany Schuttinga. Representing the architectural firm that designed the building, Angelini and Associates, will be Brad and Theresa Angelini. Hoogendoorn Construction , Inc., was the general contractor for the project.
Self-guided tours of the building will follow, with the opportunity to see two student apartments and all of the community living areas.
Some of the $12 million building’s features include:
- 64,000 square feet of living space divided into 34 apartments and community spaces;
- Geothermal heating and cooling provided by 90 wells in a large geo-thermal field;
- Environmentally responsible materials, such as energy efficient lighting, locally sourced materials, high-efficiency windows, energy star rated appliances, bamboo “plyboo” plywood, and durable Corian countertops;
- Apartments designed with an open floor plan kitchen and lounging area, convenient bathroom facilities within the apartment, and three bedrooms for six people;
- A Prairie Room overlooking Dordt’s restored natural prairie for meditation and devotions;
- A two-story community space featuring a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and stage area for student performances;
- A coffee shop named 55th Avenue, which offers coffees, smoothies, and an assortment of breakfast, lunch, and snack products. It is run by students in the Dordt College Business Club to offer them hands-on business experience and revenue for semi-annual trips to tour businesses in metropolitan areas.
Dordt’s Prairie project dedication will follow at 11 a.m. in the Science Building lecture hall S101, with a presentation featuring the prose and photography of Dr. James Calvin Schaap, an author and English professor at Dordt. An optional prairie walk will be offered afterwards, led by prairie curator Dr. Robb De Haan, professor of environmental studies.
The college is restoring 20 acres of tall grass prairie along the Sioux Center bike trail. Northwest Iowa was covered by tall grass prairie back in the 1800s, but 99.9 percent of the tall grass prairie in Iowa has been converted to another use, making it one of the most endangered ecosystems on earth. Restoration projects like Dordt’s prairie help to
- preserve a diverse mix of 150-200 species of wildflowers and grasses
- provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife
- provide local residents with a chance to enjoy a diverse mix of wildflowers and grasses that God has created and learn to appreciate their beauty.
It is recommended that people coming to the dedication ceremonies turn south at the four-way stop located at 7th St. NE and Fourth Ave. NE, and then turn east on Dordt’s 5th St. access to the campus, which leads to a parking area adjacent to Kuyper Apartments.