Students moving into Millor Hall in the fall will be the first to experience the “fresh look” renovations that will take place this summer in the building. The improvements to Millor will include new paint, carpet and bedroom and lounge furniture.
Consultants from Fresh Eyes Housing Consulting visited John Carroll last summer to offer some advice on how to improve residence life and on-campus housing. Lisa Brown, director of Residence Life, said that they took a look at all of the housing options on campus.
“They gave us an idea based on their understanding of campus as well as their knowledge of residence life and housing at other institutions, some suggestions that they had for us in terms of making us competitive as well as maintaining the uniqueness of John Carroll in that process,” Brown said.
The consultants admired the beauty of the buildings on campus, but suggested ways to make them more modern.
Brown emphasized that one of the main priorities is to modernize the hall and make it look more up to date.
Brown said that Millor, which holds about 240 residents, was chosen as the first dorm to undergo these changes because it is one of the smaller dorms on campus, and there are already plans for maintenance and repair work, as well as work on heating and air conditioning for the summer, making it an ideal choice.
“In the future we will be looking at other buildings. [But right now, updating Millor is] a way to make a visible change at this point in time, but not a major renovation,” Brown said.
Residence Life made sure to include the students in its decision-making process. Brown said that they invited future residents of Millor as well as the Student Union to look at the different furniture options and give feedback that will be used to make the final decisions.
The budget for this project is still in the works as the details have not yet been finalized, the final furniture selections have not been made, and the bidding for the work is still in progress.
Carol Dietz, associate vice president of facilities, said that the Facilities department is also working on the design for the replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in Millor and adding thermostats to all of the rooms.
“The HVAC replacement is a two-year plan, and we don’t know how much can be implemented this summer,” Dietz said. “The amount of work will depend on the coordination of schedules between the HVAC contractor and the carpet, paint and furniture contractors.”
Brown said that the renovations will take place in other halls over time, and that one of the projects that Residence Life and Facilities hope to accomplish is making the dorms more handicap-accessible.
Brown said, “One of the things we’re really committed to is making sure that our residential students are living in really good buildings that they feel comfortable in.”