Recent advancement efforts resulting in the construction of two new state-of-the-art LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certified buildings:
A New Residence Hall was constructed adjacent to the athletic field. The 34,000-square-foot facility, which opened in summer 2009, efficiently organizes residential units to house a mix of single and married students and provides amenities for enhanced community life, including exercise, recreational, cooking, and other gathering spaces. The design integrates sustainable building practices and efficient maintenance systems.
The Vernon S. Broyles, Jr. Leadership Center was completed in the spring of 2012. The new facility is located on the southeastern corner of the academic quadrangle and incorporates what was the Simons-Law dorm. This facility integrates Columbia's learning model with the technological innovation that modern theological study requires to meet the emerging needs of the church. The new building will enhance community life as well as Columbia's ability to attract and recruit exceptional new students and faculty to serve Christ's ministry for decades to come.
Columbia Seminary's awareness of and institutional commitment to the theology and practice of creation care has been growing for many years. The decision to pursue sustainable design for the new graduate student residence hall was student-initiated, endorsed by faculty, and confirmed by trustees as a key goal of the project.
The design incorporates environmentally friendly materials and energy-and-water-efficient systems, including a ground source heat pump with geothermal loop for heating and air-conditioning needs.
A sustainable design worthy of Gold LEED® certification was a primary goal of the project, and was acheived. Columbia's new residence hall is the first such facility in the city of Decatur to be Gold certified.
Support our Campus Plan
Endowment for Columbia Seminary's buildings and grounds are increasingly important as we seek to ensure that all who walk these grounds and partake of programs within our facilities feel that they are of the highest standards and promote programmatic quality.
Given the extent of Columbia's physical plant and landscape, and the fact that it is growing through the addition of the Montreat archives, the new Graduate Student Residence Hall and the new Academic Building, the challenges of reinvesting adequate resources to maintain the buildings and grounds to the standards we desire are very real. Increased endowment support is necessary if we are to meet these challenges that are inherent in growth and in maintaining a competitive environment such that we continue to attract the best students, the best faculty, and all of the audiences that experience Columbia Seminary each year.
For more information on supporting facility and grounds endowments, please contact:
Rev. Steven Miller
Vice President, Institutional Advancement