Construction can be an annoying reality of life, especially when it becomes a part of our day-to-day life. New students at Rocky Mountain College might not know what the Widenhouse parking lot was like before it was torn up.
Students on campus last year may recall the state of the road and the well-aged speed bumps. Many were surprised to find the familiar roadway torn up and replaced with a pile of rubble and a dirt road when they returned to the Rocky campus in the fall. The students living in the Widenhouse and Anderson dorms have expressed their dislike of the current situation. One student noted, “My car is pretty low to the ground so it can be a little annoying getting in and out.” Another student said his truck had no problems handling the terrain. Regardless of how well your car can or cannot handle the rough roadway, the hassle can be frustrating. The question on all of our minds is when will this hassle be over–and will it be worth it?
The good news is construction is estimated to be finished by the first of October. The original completion date was sooner, but the project was stalled due to issues with the supply chain. Certainly, this is an issue as of late, ever since the pandemic started.
Now that the “when” has been handled, the real question is why is the construction taking place and how is it being paid for? Funding for the project came from an anonymous donor with the specific purpose of providing a new entryway for the school. No student fees or tuition are being used for this endeavor. Vice President for Student Affairs, Brad Nason, provided details on the project.
“The donor felt we needed an entryway that illuminates what a special place RMC is,” Nason said.
RMC Chaplain Kim Woeste echoed this statement, saying that this project will hopefully “provide a special sense of space for students and visitors to campus.” The old sign is being replaced, and as funding becomes available, the remaining campus signs will also be replaced with updated signage to reflect the new RMC entryway.
Construction may be a pain, but students need to keep in mind the finished product will be worth the momentary disturbance. The end result will be a whole new look for the campus, including an entry that represents what Rocky Mountain College is, and an easier route for moving around campus.