Student Emmie Lee shares her perspective on the Mount Pisgah Academy girls’ dorm renovations.
One of my favorite parts of academy life at Mount Pisgah Academy (MPA) is living in the girls’ dorm, Orchill Hall. I have gotten to know so many amazing girls by living with them, particularly the girls on my hall, most of them my own classmates. MPA has definitely become like a second home for me, and I credit that to the comfortable, homey experience I’ve had in the dorm. I honestly love dorm life, so I am naturally very excited about the renovations that have begun in Orchill Hall.
The years spent at MPA are often remembered fondly by alumni, especially the experience of making lifelong friends, growing academically and spiritually, and the time spent in the dorm. Because of the age of the girls’ dorm, however, staff and students have felt a growing desire for renovation. Several years ago, the deans had a dream of making updates to the girls’ dorm, keeping in mind that the residents are away from home and want to experience the comforts of home life during their time at MPA.
In the summer of 2019, the project began. Several alumni, parents, staff, and church members renovated four of the dorm rooms, all of which went to the resident assistants for the 2019-2020 school year. When residents of the dorm toured the four rooms at the beginning of the year, they were extremely impressed with the new look, and immediately began talking about how excited they were to have all the rooms in the dorm look the same way.
“The new dorm rooms are really awesome,” Judeline Pineda (’20) stated. “They have a really nice modern touch to them.”
“I love the update that has been done. I cannot wait for all the rooms to look like this,” said Katherine Ashlock (’21).
The MPA staff have been prayerfully considering the renovation for several years. They have consulted with designers, engineers, and construction contractors about the new design to ensure that the updated rooms utilize the existing space effectively and are energy efficient. Multiple changes will occur in each room. The current closets will be removed and replaced with maple wood cabinetry, which will add four feet of floor space to the rooms. New flooring will be installed, along with overhead lighting, reading lamps, and nightstands with USB charging units for iPads and phones. The doors and locks will also be replaced, and new desks and mirrors installed.
As a dorm student, I am very excited about the renovations that are being made. Living away from home is not easy, and it is important that the girls here feel the comforts of home. I believe that the updates being made in our dorm will make that possible. I cannot wait for the new look, and hope that the updates to the building will be exciting not just for our current students but for all the girls who will live here in the future. The dream of renovating Orchill Hall has existed for several years, and now, thanks to much support and extensive planning, that dream is becoming reality. Thank you for supporting the project financially, and making an impact in the lives of MPA girls!
Carolina | May 2020