Students who live in the residence halls this summer will find plenty of new or renovated facilities to enjoy. For summer 2001, the following renovations were completed or are under way.
Currier Residence Hall: Bathroom renovation in north section; upgrades to the fire protection system; and construction has begun on multipurpose rooms, a student government office, and the relocation and expansion of the Stanley Hall computer lab in a former dining area. The stage area will remain and be updated. The renovation is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2002.
Stanley Residence Hall: On floors six-ten, new carpet for student rooms; upgrades to the fire protection system; and renovation of floor lounges.
Mayflower Residence Hall: Elevator modernization and painting on sections of four floors.
Hillcrest Residence Hall: New windows and air-conditioning installed in the north section; new student room furniture and carpeting in center, south, east, and west sections; student rooms painted in east and west sections; and a new fitness center and public restrooms.
Rienow Residence Hall: Landscaping and a new entrance ramp for persons with disabilities.
Another major project that is planned for completion in 2004 is the conversion of Burge Dining Hall to the same concept of food court dining that has proven to be popular at Hillcrest since the Market Place dining facility opened in 2000.
That will be a complicated project, because we need to continue to feed students at Burge while the construction is going on, says Dicta Schoenfelder, manager of the Housing Office.
Residence Services, which operates the University's nine residence halls, receives no money from University or State of Iowa funds. For large projects, such as the recent installation of Ethernet ports in each residence hall rooms and the reconstruction of Mayflower Residence Hall's main floor, Residence Services sells bonds. Projects and ongoing maintenance programs are financed from room and board payments that students pay.