Ideas @ Work: #15 Building Projects as Classrooms

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.

The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

With more Forging the Future construction to come, expect to see Norwich engineering, construction management, and business faculty continue to use campus building projects as real-world classrooms. Stephen Fitzhugh, Tara Kulkarni, Michael Puddicombe, and Mike Kelley are among the faculty who often take their students out and about on campus. Civil engineering professor Kulkarni, for example, has prompted her students to analyze the heating systems at the campus biomass plant, tasking them to suggest improvements to boost efficiency. “They’re out and about all the time and are very active,” says Norwich Chief Administrative Officer Dave Magida. “They’re producing valuable information for us.”

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Ideas @ Work: #14 Local Chow

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.

The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

Norwich is one of a number of Vermont colleges that has worked with food-service giant Sodexo to turn the multi-billion-dollar behemoth into a locavore. One of the world’s largest employers, the Paris-based company serves 34,000 meals in the state of Vermont every day, including those at the Wise Campus Center dining hall. Sodexo recently launched a “Vermont First” program to source more of its produce, meat, and dairy from the state’s roughly 7,000 farms.

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Ideas @ Work: #5 Forging the Future

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.
The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

Formally launched during Homecoming in 2014, the Forging the Future campaign aims to raise $100 million by the time Norwich celebrates its bicentennial in 2019. The university has already raised more than $71 million toward that goal. The funds will be used to position Norwich for its next century of service to students and the nation. Projects include the construction of a new academic building named Mack Hall, the creation of new scholarships and IT infrastructure, and major renovations to Dewey, Webb, and Ainsworth, among others. The campaign’s transformative power can already be seen at Kreitzberg Library, where a $6.8 million renovation was completed last fall.

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Photo Gallery: Fall Foliage Peaks on Norwich Campus

Photo of students and blazing maple tree by Kreitzberg Library

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Norwich University Office of Communications

October 16, 2015

Despite its late start, the fall foliage season is finishing strong here on the Vermont campus of Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military college. With a brilliant stage set by Mother Nature, parents, family and friends from across the country are gathering on campus this weekend to visit their Norwich student during Parent and Family Weekend.

Photographs by Mark Collier, NU Office of Communications

Norwich University Celebrates $6.8M Kreitzberg Library Renovation

Upgrades include state-of-the-art technology and enhanced energy efficiency.
Norwich University Office of Communications

August 31, 2015

Norwich University representatives will gather with building contractors and partners to mark the official opening of the campus’s newly renovated Kreitzberg Library on Tuesday, Sept. 1. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting event will be held at 3:15 p.m. inside the library foyer to celebrate the occasion, followed by guided tours of the new facility.

The $6.8 million renovation is the first completed project under the Forging the Future campaign. Announced at Homecoming in 2014, the university’s largest comprehensive fundraising effort aims to raise $100 million in the five years leading up to the university’s bicentennial in 2019.

A state-of-the-art library when it was built 23 years ago, Kreitzberg Library serves as the main student and faculty library on the Norwich campus. The library is named for principal donors Barbara and Fred Kreitzberg ’57. The original library was completed in 1993 at a cost of $8.1 million.

Computer and information technology has radically changed modern university libraries in the years since, transforming libraries from cathedrals of the book to cathedrals of learning.

The new renovations place Kreitzberg Library at the forefront of the latter category.

“Barbara and I have loved this library since its dedication in 1992,” Fred Kreitzberg ’57 said. “We know that students have enjoyed using this library and hope that with the new renovations it will be even better-suited for our technologically advanced students.”

While celebrating at the Sept. 1 event, the Norwich community will tour the library’s major enhancements, including new workstations, group-study and collaborative-learning areas, new technology-enabled classrooms and a café.

Additional improvements include two new conference rooms, and a 77% increase in the number of seats, from 249 to 440. The new library also boasts a 10-fold increase in data speeds and capacity and state of the art collaborative tools, thanks in part to a $125,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust to support technology upgrades.

Construction began Dec. 17, 2014, with approximately 40 Vermonters working on site on an average day. At times that figure climbed to 60. The construction was primarily completed by Vermont firms employing Vermont workers, including EF Wall, Bates & Murray Electrical, Vermont Mechanical and Red Thread.

Demonstrating Norwich’s commitment to sustainability, the vast majority of installed lighting use LED bulbs, subsidized by Efficiency Vermont, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90%. In addition, air handling units were upgraded, low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paint was used, and virtually all construction debris was recycled.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

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