NWC renovates chapel and student residences

Northwestern College students will notice some significant improvements in facilities thanks to projects completed by the maintenance department during the summer.

Christ Chapel has an updated look with new carpet, paint and pew cushions. College personnel worked with an interior designer to choose a palette of earth-tone colors. A combination of dark taupe, brick red and tweed carpets cover the floor of the lobby. Inside the chapel, the taupe carpet extends down the aisles, while two shades of light taupe paint were used on the walls.

If Christ Chapel got a facelift during the summer, Courtyard Village underwent an extreme makeover.

The three-building apartment complex, located on the west side of campus, was transformed during a three-month process that involved the college’s maintenance staff and outside contractors. The renovation was the first for the apartments since they were built in 1977, although the lower-level suites were new in 1993 when the buildings were moved to their present location.

Crews gutted all 24 main- and upper-floor units. Sprinklers and fire doors were added, and additional insulation made the units more sound-proof. The apartment interiors were re-drywalled, after which new millwork, doors, carpet, linoleum, and kitchen and bathroom cabinets were installed. Workers also remodeled the bathrooms, replacing plumbing and adding shower stalls where bathtubs had been.

The renovation work involved the outside of the buildings as well. An artificial rock façade was removed and new vinyl siding installed.