Environmental Health & Safety

Facility Description

October 2012

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Amherst College is a four year liberal arts college that is located in Amherst, Massachusetts in Hampshire County at the intersections of Route 9 and 116. The college has approximately 180 buildings on site, which include academic facilities, dormitories and private residences that are rented or were recently purchased by college faculty and staff. The buildings on campus are maintained by Facilities, which is located at 6 East Drive, just off College St. (Route 9), immediately across the intersection from Dickinson St.

Most of Amherst College sits on a hill that peaks at the intersection of Northampton Rd and College Street (Route 9) and South Pleasant Street (Route 116). At this location, College Hall stands approximately 327 feet above sea level with a view of the towns of Amherst, Hadley, Northampton and the Holyoke Mountain Range to the South. The College is bordered to the North by the Center of Amherst, to the South by Conservation Land and a bird sanctuary, to the East by Fearing Brook and Fort River and to the West by University Drive. Just behind the Physical Plant building, the College is divided by railroad tracks that separate the campus chiller and heating plants from the rest of the college buildings. Each day freight and passenger trains pass behind the Facilities Building with a wide range of cargo that may include automobiles, chemicals, wood and passengers.

The core of the campus has several academic buildings such as Johnson Chapel, Pratt Museum, Life and Merrill Sciences, Frost Library, the Alumni Gym Complex, the Valentine Dining Facility as well as some of the residential halls. The outer perimeter of the college houses additional students in dormitories and some of the faculty and staff in houses and apartments.

Additionally, off-site, Amherst College has acquired and renovated a former military bunker that was purchased from another holder approximately eight years ago. The "Bunker," as it is still referred to today, will eventually be the site for the Five College Book Depository, a collaboration of all five local institutions. The Bunker is located on Military Rd, off of Route 116, across from the Notch Visitor's Center, approximately one mile south of Atkins Farms Country Market at the intersection of Bay Road and Route 116 in Amherst.

Amherst College has a yearly attendance of approximately 1,675 students with faculty and staff support that numbers around 675. Academic departments at the College include programs such as Anthropology, Art, Astronomy, Athletics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, Geology, Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Math, Physics, Psychology, Religion and Theater and Dance. A Board of Trustees, a College President, and a Dean of Faculty provide primary oversight to the College.

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