For the past couple of years, Albion College has been promoting green spaces around campus.These green spaces are open areas where older buildings once stood.
“We are definitely continuing to repopulate and naturalize vacant lots and hope that eventually some of these habitats will be self-sustaining, and reduce the need for routine maintenance such as mowing,” said Don Masternak, Director of Facilities.
The Gerstacker International House (I-House) served as Albion College’s language-learning house for the past 40 years. The building was beyond the issues of repair and maintenance due to its age as well it did not meet today’s fire and safety codes. On December 14, 2009 the college started the process to demolish the I-House. The college did its best to recycle material from internal and external parts of the building. Albion College–wanting to retain its responsibility to sustainability–made plans to create a green space and garden where the I-House once stood. Vice President of Finance at the time Mike Frandsen added, “The new landscaping and walkways will provide yet another welcoming entrance to the campus quadrangle.
Below is the drawing of the proposed green space and garden which is located behind the Kellogg Center.