Revitalizing Rebekah: Work Continues at Agnes Scott College

June 21, 2017

Site work and interior demolition are underway, signaling the start of the comprehensive renovation of Rebekah Scott Hall. This 110-year old campus landmark is being revitalized and modernized with a design that celebrates and enhances its great spaces, preserves its beautiful historic character, and improves comfort and access for all of Agnes Scott College’s staff and students. When complete, the first floor will become the ‘front door’ to the College, welcoming visitors and prospective students to campus. The space will feature an inviting lobby and gallery area showcasing SUMMIT, a program focusing on global learning and women’s leadership development. Offices for admissions, enrollment, and financial aid will also be housed on the first floor, while student residences on the second and third floors will be renovated and revitalized with amenities that meet the expectations of today’s students.

All new mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems will improve operational efficiency and enhance the comfort of the staff and students who work and live in Rebekah Hall, while contributing to the facility’s anticipated LEED Silver certification. An adjacent surface parking lot will be replaced with a geothermal system to keep Rebekah cool, even during hot Atlanta summers.

Jenkins•Peer Architects began working with the College in 2014, developing the design in two phases to align with Agnes Scott’s “The Greatness Before Us” capital campaign. The first phase of the renovation, completed in 2015, addressed exterior features in need of immediate repair and stabilization: restoring and repairing the building’s cupola and woodwork, repointing bricks, and installing new gutters and downspouts. The second phase of the renovation is scheduled for completion in Summer 2018. Agnes Scott’s vigorous fund-raising campaign has been widely supported by donors who support the College’s mission “to educate women to think deeply, live honorably, and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.”