Case Hall renovation

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Workers began the $12.8 million dollar renovation project on Case Hall on Jan. 23, said John Frischmann, Facilities Construction Coordinator at St. Cloud State. Work will begin on nearby Hill Hall in May, which is basically a “carbon copy” of Case. The work in Hill Hall will prompt the temporary move of Student Health Services in May to Shoemaker Hall for the summer months, Frischmann said.

The majority of the renovation is similar to the work done in Shoemaker North wing, which was renovated in 2011.”We are widening the doors, replacing all the flooring, ceilings and lights” as well as adding more power and data jacks and wireless access points.

The renovation will also provide increased privacy in the showers and bathrooms as well as remodeled floor-specific kitchen/lounge space, common space and an upgraded, first floor tech computer center. Additionally, improvements will be made in the heating system, Frischmann said.

“The heating system controls will be improved and the buildings will be given a more contemporary look with new colors, furniture and better lighting,” he said. “We’re giving the buildings a whole new look and improving the accessibility at the same time.”

“Student leaders in the residence halls have been giving input and guidance during the year-long planning process,” said Dan Pederson, director of Residential Life at St. Cloud State. “Their participation is important to the final product and we greatly appreciate their patience during the demolition work taking place during the academic year.”

The construction costs for the two halls is $10.2 million, renovating a combined 87,182 gross square feet, Frischmann said.

The improvements to Hill and Case halls follow work that was completed in August 2011 to the north wing of Shoemaker Hall where more than $6 million in renovations were completed. On tap is work scheduled for Shoemaker East and West during 2013-14.

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