International headquarters facilities project
in full swing
By Eric Keller, Marketing Intern
Reprinted from The Leader, Summer 2000, Vol. 16,
In 1997 NOLS brought the 'plan ahead and prepare' motto to the
front-country. The school has been growing. In the next 12 years
NOLS is expected to have an annual growth of more than 5 percent
and will need to double headquarters staff. With such student
and administrative expansion comes the need for facilities improvements.
"In 1997 we recognized the fact that we had never done a
long term plan for Lander facility needs," NOLS Executive
Director John Gans states. "While other branches had plans
in place, it seemed that in Lander we usually waited for a crisis
and then responded to the crisis."
What exactly is the strategy for facilities improvements? The
NOLS International Headquarters has developed a solution to maximize
administrative efficiency, minimize in town operation costs, become
even more environmentally responsible, and remain a positive contributor
to the Lander community. The plan consists of two elements. The
first is to build new office space. The second is to renovate
the historic Nobel Hotel.
The New Baby of NOLS
A new 44,000 square foot office building is about to rise. On
the first floor will be admissions, alumni, development, publications,
and marketing. The second floor will host departments such as
curriculum, staffing, policy, outreach, and risk
management. The third floor will be dedicated to finance and
information systems, the internal operations aspect of NOLS administration.
The school is incorporating as many 'green' materials into the
building design as possible. The green elements of the building
will add ten percent to total building cost. Groundbreaking
took place in June of this year and completion is slated for 2001.
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The Noble Makeover
Remodeling the Noble is the second step in improving international
headquarters. The first floor will serve as student lounge and
contain classrooms. The library will be expanded and a gallery
will be added close to Main Street. In an attempt to attract townspeople
and tourists historical elements of the Noble will be restored.
This project is slated to begin in 2002 and be completed the
Gans believes that, "By maintaining ownership, NOLS will
continue to steward the historic Noble hotel and therefore stay
connected to part of our own history... The school is poised at
an exciting juncture. The facilities project is an opportunity
for NOLS and its supporters to strengthen the foundation from
which the school will continue to provide the world's best education
in leadership and wilderness skills."