Residence hall renovations are on schedule
Families moving students to campus during fall welcome week should expect to see the construction work on the $3 million residence hall renovations that were announced in February of this year.
“These enhancements will create more comfortable spaces for our students to live and learn,” said Kevin Nickel, vice president of fiscal affairs. “The renovation work continues, but construction is on schedule.”
The first of the three projects, the complete remodel of the bathroom facilities in Bren-Dell Hall, is in its final stages. Crews combined the restroom and shower areas on each floor into one larger, accessible space. Upgrades include completely new plumbing and improved ventilation.
In Riley Court, demolition is complete and crews are now working on the plumbing and electrical portions of the apartment-style housing going in to Hirschler and Haunstein Halls. This project is slated for an early December completion. The former office space will hold six apartments. Each unit will feature three bedrooms and two bathrooms, new windows, kitchens and laundry facilities. A total of 36 beds will be available to seniors in spring 2017.
Renovations have just begun in Hirschy Annex, where bathroom facilities will also receive major upgrades. The facilities will be bigger and will feature combined restroom and shower areas. A laundry facility is also being added. The Hirschy Annex improvements are also set for a December completion.
Since construction will continue during move-in and into the academic year, students and their families should be aware of the work being done and should stay clear of construction zones.
“Be aware of the work going on around you,” said Nickel. “These upgrades are being completed for the comfort and convenience of our students, but safety is the first priority.”