New Shoe opens
Monday, August 22, 2011
“The building is the star,” Dan Pedersen said prior to Monday's ribbon cutting for the renovated north wing of Shoemaker Hall.
The director of residential life described the $6.5 million renovation as an “18-month program of love and passion.” The actual construction, Pedersen said, took 14 weeks.
Students moving into the renovated World War I era building last weekend were greeted by resurfaced hardwood floors, energy-efficient restrooms, new furnishings, new elevators, closet storage, and upgraded ventilation, plumbing and electrical systems.
A re-purposed and remodeled lower level includes a technology center, multipurpose rooms, activity lounge and theater-style video room.
Safety upgrades include card-access entry and will soon include surveillance cameras.
Shoemaker is “a first class place to live and study,” said President Earl H. Potter III.
Potter joined Ethan Hartgers, a student from Wanamingo, and Michael Opoku, Shoemaker Hall director, in clipping a red ceremonial ribbon at the new west entrance. The entrance features a polished metal pergola that partially screens out the sun.
Hartgers, president of the Residence Hall Association and an Eagle Scout, challenged Shoemaker residents to follow an old Eagle Scout rule: “Keep your campsite cleaner than you found it."
“Shoe will serve many generations to come,” said Potter, noting the hall will celebrate its 100th anniversary in four years.
The renovation team was led by JLG Architects, Alexandria, Terra General Contractors, Rogers, and the university departments of Residential Life and Facilities Management. A dozen local subcontractors contributed to the renovations.
Shoemaker Hall is named for Waite A. Shoemaker, the university's seventh president.