FAHY COMMONS BUILDING PROJECT

FACILITATING CONNECTIONS AMONG STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND COMMUNITY

PROJECT GOAL
$5 Million

Through Boundless: The Campaign for Muhlenberg, the Fahy Commons project will clearly demonstrate the innovative thinking that is driving Muhlenberg College into the future. This three-story building will feature more than 20,000 square feet of student programming and academic space where key College divisions and programs will facilitate connections among faculty, staff, students and the community.

Through Boundless: The Campaign for Muhlenberg, the Parkway Boulevard Building will clearly demonstrate the innovative thinking that is driving Muhlenberg College into the future. This three-story building will feature more than 20,000 square feet of student programming and academic space where key College divisions and programs will facilitate connections among faculty, staff, students and the community.

DEMONSTRATING THE COLLEGE’S FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

The creative energy that already flourishes in the Dorothy and Dexter Baker Center for the Arts and the Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance will be felt in this nearby building, located on the hillside between Chew Street and Parkway Boulevard. As the first new construction on campus since 2005, the environmentally sustainable Fahy Commons Project provides a timely opportunity for showcasing Muhlenberg’s forward-thinking nature while serving as a clear symbol of the College’s mission and values.

MODERN, PURPOSE-BUILT SPACE

When it opens in fall 2022, the Fahy Commons Building will advance unique learning experiences via the:

  • Office of Community Engagement
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program
  • Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion
  • Division of Graduate and Continuing Education

DESIGNED FOR SUSTAINABILITY

The facility will use 70 percent less energy than a typical structure thanks to rooftop solar panels, maximum insulation and efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems. Water usage will be cut in half by low-consumption flush and flow fixtures as well as a rainwater recycling system.

Covered bike storage, shower facilities and electric vehicle charging stations will support low-impact transportation. Outdoors, native landscaping will thrive in the Lehigh Valley environment without chemical fertilizers.

This building is being constructed as one of the first 20 projects in the world to pursue the Living Building Challenge CORE certification — the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment — as well as meeting LEED Gold standards.

ROOM TO COLLABORATE

Shared spaces include conference rooms, presentation forums, three terraces that will double as outdoor classrooms and a wing of enhanced art studios.

A maker space — a collaborative innovation laboratory — will be open to the entire campus community so students can transform their entrepreneurial ideas into functioning prototypes.

LIVING LABORATORY

The Fahy Commons Building will be one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in higher education. This innovative living laboratory will visibly highlight sustainability for students and community members, demonstrating the possibilities for living, learning and working in concert with our natural environment. The goal is to fulfill the College’s need for more program space in a way that works in harmony with natural surroundings on campus.

BOUNDLESS BENEFIT

The Fahy Commons Building will support Muhlenberg College’s commitment to meaningful learning. The purposeful programs housed here on the south campus and the highly sustainable nature of this new building will showcase boundless capacity to effect change and thrive in an accelerating, interconnected world. The Boundless campaign seeks $5 million in philanthropic funding toward the Parkway Boulevard Building.

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