Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Renovation of the half-century-old Case-Hill residence hall is delivering more student comfort, student-friendly features and student space.
The $12 million project, begun in January, returns 326 beds to service Fall Semester, ahead of schedule and under budget, according to university officials.
Bathrooms are larger and offer greater privacy, according to John Frischmann, construction facilities coordinator.
New air-handling equipment has greatly improved air quality and control over room temperatures, according to Dan Pedersen, director of residential life.
"Constant ventilation and recirculation of air keeps it much more comfortable," Pedersen said.
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The Case-Hill renovation speaks directly to one of the four pillars of a St. Cloud State education: sustainability.
"There is nothing more sustainable than reusing an existing building when compared to tearing down a building and building a new structure," Pedersen said. "All the systems were replaced to be more energy efficient, and all appliances added to the building are ENERGY STAR rated by the federal government."
Because the project is under budget, Pedersen said, there are plans to add air conditioning to the common areas, technology center and offices between Case and Hill.
In the future, common areas in each wing may also be air conditioned. There is no room for air conditioning duct work in student rooms, Pedersen said.
Case-Hill double rooms are $2,414 per semester.
St. Cloud State will host an open house after Labor Day, Pedersen said.
Built in 1964, Case Hall houses men in double rooms on four above-ground floors. Hill Hall, built in 1962, houses women in double rooms on the top three floors. The Hill Hall main floor houses Student Health Services.
Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction is construction manager for the project.