Sustainability & the Environment
Creating the future: Eden Hall Campus is approved by Richland Township
Last evening the future was set in motion as the Richland Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Chatham University’s master plan for its 388-acre Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township. Originally submitted by the University in January 2011, the master plan received several hearings and community input before its final approval.
Development at the Eden Hall Campus was contingent upon the Township’s approval, and development plans for each phase must again be submitted to the Township. The University plans to announce the first proposed development at the site during summer 2011.
“This is a historic moment for Chatham, as well as for Richland Township,” noted Chatham President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. “On behalf of our entire University, I want to thank the Township Supervisors for their guidance and approval. We promise to be great neighbors and to create a campus that the community can take pride in – the first university campus in the world to so completely link sustainable development, living and learning.”
Located 20 miles north of the University’s historic Shadyside Campus, Eden Hall will feature innovative climate-positive buildings and landscape design, and sustainability education and research will be incorporated into all facets of campus life. Eden Hall Campus will also be home to Chatham’s pioneering Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, founded in 2009 and under the leadership of David Hassenzahl, Ph.D., its founding Dean. Chatham’s 39-acre Shadyside Campus will continue to serve as the historic home for the University’s three colleges – Chatham College for Women, the College for Graduate Studies and the College for Continuing and Professional Studies – which currently enroll approximately 2,400 students. The initial population at Eden Hall Campus will be 150 students once the first phase is complete, and will eventually grow to 1,500 students.
Eden Hall Foundation presented the former Eden Hall Farm to Chatham in May 2008, and University leaders immediately set out to build a unique academic environment. With support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and The PNC Foundation, the University engaged Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell (BNIM) of Kansas City, Mo. and landscape design firm Andropogon Associates of Philadelphia to develop the master plan.
Recently, BNIM received the 2011 Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) because of its environmentally-friendly business practices. BNIM and Andropogon Associates studied and assessed the Eden Hall Campus property then created a Master Plan that pushes sustainability education and sustainable living to new levels.
- Eden Hall Campus Master Plan
- Chatham University Falk School of Sustainability & Environment
- Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell (BNIM)
- Andropogon Associates
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