Renovations and Revitalization
At MCLA, innovation is a continuous process. Here are some highlights of past and current projects:
- MCLA reached a milestone in 2006 with the completion of an $8.5 million renovation of historic Murdock Hall, which restored the landmark building to its former grandeur and equipped it with the latest technology.
- In 2007, Smith House, another historic building on campus, was revitalized.
- The college made improvements to its art labs, the TV studio, student lounge space, and the athletic fields.
- In October 2011 the College broke ground on the Center for Science and Innovation. Work on the $40 million project began with a feasibility project in Fiscal Year 2010, culminating in a site designation announcement in October 2010. This project represents the largest investment in public higher education in the history of Berkshire County, and will be an important resource for faculty, students, K-12 educators, and the community. The facility opened in the fall of 2013.
- In October 2012, MCLA celebrated the completion of a $6.9 million renovation at Hoosac Hall, one of the college's student residencies. The renovations included a new entryway and 14 new dorms on the first floor.
MCLA expanded academic programming. Recruited an array of outstanding new faculty. Provided students with new study abroad, internship, and research opportunities, gave the institution new visibility and fiscal growth, prompted a surge in enrollment, and brought new energy and enthusiasm to virtually every aspect of the college.