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Several residence halls get fresh look for fall

August 19, 2010

The residence halls are ready for full occupancy with several halls featuring a fresh look this fall. Crews worked over the summer to renovate the interior space in Corbett Hall and the exteriors on Ingersoll and Edwards halls.

The exteriors of Edwards and Ingersoll halls have a fresh, new look that better matches the architectural style across campus.

New fall style

"We've heard from prospective students and alumni for many years that the older halls look just like they did in the 50's and 60's," says Rick Pott, the facility planner for Housing & Dining Services.

"We have made a commitment for many years to update the interiors and began an extensive exterior project this summer."

Each summer for the past 10 years, an older residence hall has been taken offline to update interiors including:

  • furniture
  • paint
  • carpeting
  • fixtures
  • fire sprinkler systems to enhance safety

"The exterior project that began this summer with Edwards and Ingersoll emphasizes curb appeal outside the buildings by replacing the dated and worn green tiles with brick that better matches the architectural style on campus," explains Pott.

Energy efficiency enhanced, other sustainable efforts

Work crews have spent the last several days completing the extensive exterior improvements.

The exterior project improved the energy efficiency of the exterior walls by 300 percent with the addition of insulated foam behind the brick and new, energy-efficient windows that lower utility costs and increase the thermal comfort of residents. The new windows are double pane with a high performance low e-coating, making them 400 percent more efficient than the original windows that were installed in 1962.

Sustainable efforts for the project also included recycling the aluminum on the old windows and utilizing local brick made in Pueblo, Colo.

New landscaping will be added to the buildings next summer to complete the renovation. The exteriors of two other halls will be updated as part of phase two of this project next summer.

Impact beyond the halls

"With every construction project we undertake, we think of the impact on students, our staff, and the environment," Dolak says. "Anytime we can renovate an older builder to both look and function better we are pleased."

As part of their ongoing commitment to sustainability, Housing & Dining Services will be sponsoring "cardboard corrals" on move in day as they have for the past several years to help collect and recycle cardboard from the boxes and packages students bring with them to the halls. Staff volunteers will be on hand to help students and their families break down the boxes for recycling. In 2009, 22 tons of cardboard were collected and recycled during move in.

Contact: Tonie Miyamoto
Phone: (970) 491-4314