Blue Mountain College to transform former children's home into men's dormitory
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To facilitate continually increasing male student enrollment, Blue Mountain College has purchased the former Blue Mountain Children’s Home that will soon serve as a men’s dormitory.

‘In order for BMC to grow we’ve got to have the space,” said Dr. Barbara Childers McMillin, completing her second year as president. “This property gives us an opportunity to expand and offer more housing options while we prepare to meet long-term housing issues on our campus.”

BMC’s enrollment in 2013-14 was 532. The male student population has grown from 86 in 2004 to 217 for the current year.
The Blue Mountain Children’s Home, 1.6 miles south of the BMC campus, was owned and operated by the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ Church for more than 25 years. Besides the existing main dormitory, there are also two auxiliary buildings on the 10-acre campus that has been vacant for three years.

A complete renovation of the property is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year and will include the 9,458-square foot housing facility, a 6,800-square foot multi-function building, and a smaller classroom/meeting room building.

The dormitory will have rooms for up to 40 students and apartments for two proctors. The renovation will include updating the heating-cooling system, updating existing restrooms and adding two more, updating and enlarging the kitchen, creating 40 parking spaces, updating and enlarging the laundry room, re-furnishing the commons area, installing an up-to-date security system, an exterior facelift, and landscaping and signage.

The multi-function building will be transformed into an indoor practice facility for the BMC baseball and softball teams.
McMillin said a shuttle service would also run on a regular basis to the main campus, and that breakfast and dinner would be served at the new facility during the week.

The BMC president said applications to the new residence hall would initially come from upperclassmen – juniors and seniors.
“Our current men’s dormitory (Cockroft) is full,” she said. “We want to make this something special for a group of deserving young men.”