What has a steep, glass roof, features a silo-like entryway that doubles as a community meeting space, and is made mostly of local or recycled materials? Marlboro’s new greenhouse, which was officially opened last week. Students, faculty, staff, neighbors and friends gathered for the dedication of the 700-square-foot, wood-and-glass structure, the culmination of three years of planning and community labor.
The plan for the greenhouse was devised by student Kenton Card ’10, working with fellow students, staff and faculty, as part of his final Plan of Concentration. Kenny began milling local wood for the structure and collecting stones for the foundation and retaining walls that year, and the structure has steadily grown since then with the help of other community members. Materials have included local black locust and white oak timbers and pine siding as well as insulated glass re-cycled from Persons Auditorium.
Present at the dedication were Bob Allen, president of the Windham Foundation, and neighbor David White, both of whom have been instrumental in generously supporting the building of the greenhouse. Other supporters, not able to be present, include Charles J. and Susan J. Snyder, Dr. Suzan Olhbricht and Jon A. Souder ’73. Card was present at the celebration via Skype from Germany, where he is attending a graduate program in architecture.