NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA - Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions and Lake Forest College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 4 to celebrate the completion of the new $16 million Moore Hall Redevelopment at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill. More than 100 people attended the event that kicked off the College’s Homecoming, Family, and Reunion Weekend and included remarks by Stephen Schutt, president of Lake Forest College, and Bob Shepko, president of Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions. Event participants also included Lake Forest Mayor, Donald Shoenheider, and representatives from Walsh Construction and Solomon Cordwell Buenz.
The project commenced in August 2012 with demolition of the previous Moore Hall structure. Construction on the new 62,000 sf building began in September 2012 and was completed in August 2013, now providing on-campus housing for approximately 233 students. The LEED-Certified four-story, 165-room building is comprised of two bedroom, two bath suites as well as single bedroom with bath floor plans. The north and south wings are connected by a midsection that contains a central lobby, laundry room, kitchen, multipurpose rooms, and two elevators. The brick exterior was selected to blend with the existing campus structures, preserving and complementing the historic character of the community which is known for its tree lined splendor.
Lake Forest College President, Stephen Schutt, couldn’t be happier with the results. “Building this new residence hall is central to our enrollment growth plan, which will provide significant educational, co-curricular, and social benefits for our students,” Schutt said.
“We are very proud to deliver this modern facility for the students at Lake Forest College,” said Bob Shepko, president of Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions. “The collaboration and hard work from all members of our project team and Lake Forest College were key to achieving our goal of creating a dynamic residence hall that meets the evolving living and learning needs of today’s students.”
The new Moore Hall was designed by architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz of Chicago. Walsh Construction, also out of Chicago, was the construction and demolition partner on the project.