When Bridgewater College students return next fall, they’ll have a revamped and expanded gathering spot designed to be more functional for modern college students.

A large-scale renovation project in parts of two buildings will make the Eagles Nest area in the Kline Campus Center more flexible for students as well as improve accessibility to Student Life offices and the Campus Store.

Broadway’s Lantz Construction is the general contractor for the project that will cost BC about $3 million, said Anne Keeler, the college’s treasurer and vice president for finance. Reserve funds are being used to cover the cost of the approximately 22,000-square-feet of space being renovated. Moser Mayer Phoenix is the designer.

Leslie Frere, vice president for student life and dean of students, said she wanted the student space to be in a good location on campus and be the type of space where students could hold meetings, work together, or just relax or study between classes.

The Eagles Nest, she said, should meet all those needs and have a major impact on student life.

“I think it’s going to be huge,” Frere said. “They don’t have a lot of gathering space currently.

“We’ve had such strong enrollment that everything feels full on campus, from the classrooms to event space, so they don’t have a lot of places to just be and have the opportunity to be flexible.”

Because space is at a premium, she said, groups often must reserve rooms for club meetings or move from place to place to find a good spot to gather. The Eagles Nest is expected to solve that problem.

“I think they’re going to spend a lot of time there because they can,” she said, “and because there might not be another place on campus that serves that purpose.”

By VIC BRADSHAW / Daily News Record