Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A renovated floor lounge in Case-Hill.
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.
Among the many updates:
- Room doorways are six inches wider
- Data and electricity jacks are nearly doubled
- New floors, furniture, appliances and window treatments
- More windows and softer, indirect lighting
- Improved access and comfort for students with mobility issues
- Improved kitchen facilities on each floor and in the basement entertainment area
- Stylish new entry and reorganized lobby
- A computer-filled tech center just inside the front door
- Music rehearsal rooms with sound-deadening walls
- More than 650 square-feet of basement storage is now a multi-use area
- Video surveillance and a card-access system
The Case-Hill renovation speaks directly to one of the four pillars of a St. Cloud State education: sustainability.
Renewing residence halls
The Case-Hill renovation is part of a comprehensive plan to update St. Cloud State residence halls.
The north wing of Shoemaker Hall was renovated in 2011. The west wing of Shoemaker is slated for renovation in 2013. East Shoemaker will be renovated in 2014.
"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.
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