Rabbi H. David Werb Interfaith Meditation Garden
In the spirit of interfaith dialogue, the College dedicated a meditation garden on August 21, 2016, in honor of a local rabbi, Rabbi H. David Werb, who spent his career bringing different communities of faith together.
Located on the south side of the Chapel of Mary, the new meditation garden is a relocation and reconfiguration of a similar garden that had been built in Rabbi Werb’s honor at Temple Beth Emunah in Brockton upon his retirement in 2007. Stonehill worked with Temple Beth Emunah to move the garden to campus after the Temple building was sold last year.
Throughout his 36 years of service at Temple Beth Emunah, Rabbi Werb played an instrumental role in fostering deep connections between people of different faiths. As a co-founder of the Brockton Interfaith Community, Rabbi Werb worked tirelessly to inspire his community to take action for the public good through his leadership and wisdom. It is hoped that it will be a place for prayerful reflection, and for dialogue, conversation, and learning that leads to action.
Where once there was asphalt, now there is a lush green garden in the Duffy parking lot.
This beautification project, completed in August 2016, is part of the College’s goal of creating more outdoor social gathering spaces on campus, building on the success of such spaces near the Shields Science Center and the MacPháidín Library.
In addition to planting trees and shrubbery in the area, the gathering space includes tables with purple umbrellas, several sitting walls and brick pathways. The pathway area connecting the Commonwealth Courts area to Duffy and Roche commons was also enhanced with new cherry tress, a rod iron fence and benches.
Paul Ricci, Associate Director of Grounds Operation said that the Duffy garden project “is an important element to add to the college grounds as these areas enhance our sense of community. The garden is a gem for everyone who studies or works here. We also know it will appeal to incoming students and their families.”
Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., Athletic and Fitness Center at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
Opened in August 2015, the newly renovated Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex, built in 1988, amasses over 100,000 square feet. Included in this space is a 24,000 square foot renovation of the existing Sports Complex as well as the 55,024 square foot Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., Athletic and Fitness Center expansion.
The Complex serves the needs of students participating in 20 varsity sports, 11 club sports, 20-plus intramural sports and provides enhanced recreational and fitness programming for all students, faculty and staff.
The Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., Athletic and Fitness Center is named for Stonehill’s ninth president. Fr. Mark served the College as president for 13 successful years.
Some highlights of the Cregan Center include:
- The James “Lou” Gorman, ’53 Pavilion, through a grant from the Yawkey Foundation, displaying and honoring Lou’s commitment to the Boston Red Sox and Stonehill College. His sports memorabilia, including three World Series rings, and his long-lasting relationship to the College are featured.
- A new 19,556 square foot fitness center serving the entire campus community, complete with 150-plus cardio and resistance equipment pieces.
- The 1,000 square foot Richard “Dick” Grant Student-Athlete Study Lounge, providing access to group and individual study space, technology and additional academic resources.
- Two large multi-purpose rooms, designed to house a variety of activities from group exercise sessions and undergraduate classes to meetings, receptions and community events.
- New archival display cases telling the story of the history of Stonehill athletics and recreation.
- New state-of-the-art Sports Medicine facilities, complete with hot/cold therapy tubs, a rehabilitation area and twice the number of treatment tables to serve our student-athletes.
- Two film/classrooms, hosting team film and strategy meetings and academic classes.
- Five new team locker rooms and eight renovated locker rooms to serve varsity teams, faculty, staff and students.
- A new 7,700 square foot varsity strength & conditioning center, allowing more student-athletes increased access to train for competition.
- Office suites housing Athletic & Recreation Department coaches and administrative staff.
David Ames Clock Farm Solar Field
Stonehill College has completed three solar installations, which include a 15 acre field and two storage building roofs at the David Ames Clock Farm. The two roof installations became operational in February 2014, and the field came on-line the following summer. This field is the 11th (tied) largest solar installation on a college campus nationwide and the largest on a New England college campus.
The 3 installations have a combined 9,625 panels with a production of 3.384 million kWh (kilowatt-hours) per year. This covers 20% of Stonehill’s annual electrical consumption, which is currently 16 million kWh. The field is expected to save the College over $185,000 per year or an estimated $3.2 million over the course of a 15-year contract with New Jersey-based Marina Energy.
Solect Energy of Hopkinton, MA, the leading commercial solar energy project developer in the state, built the 15-acre solar field while the entire project was overseen by Power Management, Inc., an energy consulting firm which manages over 15,000 commercial and industrial utility meters throughout North America.
During the celebration held in May 2014, special thanks were given to not only our great project partners and neighbors, but especially to our students who saw the potential for solar energy on campus and argued persuasively for the College to explore that option back in the fall of 2010.
Rev. Thomas Feeley, C.S.C. Pedestrian Bridge
In the fall of 2013, the College celebrated the completion of our new pedestrian bridge, which is named in honor of the long-time professor and student mentor. The bridge crosses Ames Pond at its narrowest point, connecting the area around O’Hara Hall and the south quad with the four residence halls on the east side of campus.
This beautiful structure was designed and built by York Bridge Concepts of Florida, the nation’s largest on-site and highly recognized timber bridge builder. Made of southern yellow pine, the bridge spans 110 feet, 10 feet wide, and rises about 9 feet above the water. This project aligns with our Campus Master Plan in creating a more accessible and pedestrian friendly campus, and we feel that it also adds great beauty to our campus.