Berry College to Build Welcome Center
Release Date: July 31, 2014
Construction of a
new Welcome Center and enhanced vehicle entrance is underway this week at Berry
College’s main entry.
Plans call for an
800-square-foot Welcome Center which will house security and a student team to
greet Berry’s many visitors to campus and to offer information and maps.
The entrance will include a new lane for visitors. Members of the Berry community
and frequent visitors will enter through an advanced gate system that
will balance convenience and security.
The Welcome Center will open
in early 2015. It is being funded by donor gifts through the college’s
LifeReady capital campaign.
“We are fast-tracking the
project to minimize construction activity during the bald eagles’ nesting
season, anticipating their return later this fall. The new campus entry will be
both welcoming and more secure for our campus,” said Berry College Chief of
Staff Alexander Whitaker.
Berry is a popular
educational, historical, cultural and recreational destination. Hikers, bikers,
photographers, nature lovers and history buffs all join students, prospective
students, alumni, parents, local residents and other friends in enjoying
Berry’s beautiful and bountiful resources.
Berry has seen the number of
campus visitors increase since the arrival of a bald eagle pair in 2012 and the
installation of the only live, streaming video camera of a bald eagle nest in
Georgia. The bald eagle family has become a nation-wide phenomenon. Two cameras
send streaming video and have garnered more than 17 million views. Almost
70,000 “followers” belong to the Berry College Eagles Facebook page.
The bald eagles’ nest is in a
tall pine tree situated between the main entrance and the parking lot of the
Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. During the 2012-2013 nesting
season, two eaglets were born and fledged and one eaglet hatched and fledged
during the 2013-2014 nesting season.