Millikin University held a dedication ceremony for its renovated arrival court and newly developed fountain on July 1.
Custom Hardscapes, a division of Decatur-based Custom Landscapes Inc., a company that specializes in landscape design, construction and maintenance, was selected to work on the renovations. The project began on May 18 and was completed on June 26.
"The complete redesign and the fountain continue to make the arrival court a beautiful gathering place for the Millikin community," said Millikin President Dr. Patrick White. "It's also a point of welcome to new students, families and the many guests who come to visit Millikin's campus."
The redesigned arrival court, located in front of Richards Treat University Center, covers approximately 10,000 square feet. The redesign features a permeable paving system which directs water from the drainage area into the ground instead of sending it over the northwest corner of the arrival court.
The surrounding area at the center of the arrival court features LED lighting underneath the seating. LED lights are also displayed on the fountain.
"It's an area where the interactions and conversations that are at the heart of Millikin's Performance Learning will happen," noted Dr. White. "We have a place where students can come from residence halls, apartments and other places across campus to reconvene."
The project was funded in part by donations and gifts from the Millikin Senior Class of 2015. The Senior Class Committee sold T-shirts, diploma frames and hosted events to help raise funds for the fountain.
A plaque recognizing the Senior Class of 2015 will be added to the fountain later this summer.
"The students saw the fountain as a perfect class gift because it will last a long time," said Dr. White. "The arrival court will be another place where Performance Learning, which we treasure so much at Millikin, will take place."
Click here to read more about the dedication ceremony in an article from the Herald & Review.