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Summer Renovations Spruce Up UHall with Much Needed Makeover

This past summer, Bradley carried
out several projects in order to improve residential living.
These improvements included the installment of sprinklers at College Hall, Pi Kappa Phi and Delta Tau Delta, furnishings in the Harper Hall/Wyckoff Hall lobby and two lounges in Geisert Hall and the installment of half of a roof in Williams Hall.
Aside from these improvements,
the biggest project Bradley had this past summer was the remodeling of University Hall.
“We redid all the bathrooms on the B side,” Executive Director of Residential Living and Leadership Nathan Thomas said. “We fixed up the water fountains. We also did re-tiling, put in new stalls and showerheads.”
Besides being aesthetically pleasing, the remodeling also provided
several benefits.
“The bathrooms in University Hall are more environmentally friendly now because they have high-speed dryers,” Thomas said. “Most importantly, there should be less plumbing issues as well.”
Freshman biology major Chloe Vezinaw lives in U-Hall and said the changes have improved the quality of life in the dorms.
“I like how clean my bathroom is and I enjoy being able to get clean, cold water from the fountain
on my floor,” she said. “My room also has new desks.”
In addition to remodeling the bathrooms, lofts were also taken apart, cleaned and put back together.
Some separation was also created
in order to provide better circulation between structures to prevent mold, an issue that U-Hall had last year.
The floors were also lacquered to assist with cleanliness. Lastly, the closet doors were taken off in order to improve the overall look.
Freshman biology and secondary
education major Abigail Halberstadt said she thinks the changes to U-Hall make the building
more usable to students.
“The improvements are great,” she said. “They make me want to use the bathroom more and actually
use the drinking fountain.”
Vice President of Business Affairs Gary Anna said the final cost was approximately $1 million
and was programmed into the residence hall system maintenance plan.
Thomas said the U-Hall bathroom
renovations had been in the works for four or five years.
Next summer, remodeling of the bathrooms on the A side of U-Hall will begin.
In addition to this, bathroom work will also begin in Geisert. Thomas said that Heitz Hall will be a project next summer as well.