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Academy Embarks on Visionary Dormitory Renovations, Pine Forge Academy, Handy Hall, Kimbrough Hall, Allegheny East Conference, C. Raymond Davis Construction and Architectural Concepts,

Academy Embarks on Visionary Dormitory Renovations

Story by Tracey Jackson

Pine Forge Academy’s (PFA) dedication to excellence in nurturing young minds has resulted in an ambitious vision to revitalize its boys’ and girls’ dormitories. The project, initiated in 2022, encompassed the renovation of Handy Hall, the boys’ dormitory, and Kimbrough Hall, the girls’ dormitory. With the support of the Allegheny East Conference (AEC) and the committed teams of C. Raymond Davis Construction and Architectural Concepts, PFA moved toward its aim to create an environment that fosters comfort, growth and academic success for its students.

The renovation journey commenced with a crucial first step—replacing the aging roofing structures at both Handy Hall and Kimbrough Hall. This endeavor ensured a solid foundation for the subsequent improvements. Additionally, four dean apartments received a renovation, providing these key staff members with modern, welcoming and functional living spaces.

Handy Hall, Pine Forge AcademyHandy Hall has undergone an impressive transformation, with upgrades that enhance both aesthetics and practicality. Every dorm room is revitalized, benefiting from insulation installation within the walls and ceilings. The addition of drywall and freshly painted ceilings brings a renewed sense of vibrancy to each room. Furthermore, all new furnishings and light fixtures were installed, elevating the students' living experience. The upper and underclassmen’s restrooms and laundry facilities have been completely renovated, with modern amenities. Kimbrough Hall has undergone similar upgrades, creating a cohesive and modern living environment for the young ladies.

Kimbrough Hall will also benefit from insulation improvements, ensuring a comfortable climate within each room. Furthermore, the dormitory will feature new flooring throughout the building, adding a touch of elegance. Notably, the bathrooms in Kimbrough Hall will receive an additional upgrade—new hair wash stations will be installed, offering convenience and enhancing the students’ self-care routines.

These visionary dormitory renovations at PFA would not be possible without the generous financial support of the AEC, whose commitment to the institution’s mission and the well-being of its students has been instrumental in bringing this project to life. Recognizing the importance of completing the renovations in a timely manner, they made the decision to shorten the duration of the annual 10-day camp meeting, ensuring a focused effort toward achieving the goal of finishing the project by the fall semester of 2023.

The exciting transformations that took place within these historic halls reflect the staff’s unwavering commitment to provide an exceptional educational environment for its students. These renovations will create dormitories that inspire growth, comfort and a sense of community, offering an even more enriching experience to its students and preparing them for a successful future.

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