As a new fall semester commences at John Carroll University, both returning and new students have witnessed some renovations around campus.
The projects that have gone into effect since the beginning of summer include masonry restoration of Grasselli Tower, the Administration Building arcades, Dolan Residence Hall and the Boiler House; fire alarm device upgrades in Hamlin Hall; HVAC replacements in the Boler School of Business and Millor Hall; RecPlex patio replacement, which includes a snow-melting system; new carpet in Boler and the third floor of the AD Building; as well as the finishing touches to the Hamlin Quad, according to Carol Dietz, associate vice president of facilities.
Students can now also reap the benefits of an improved living environment in Millor, which received new carpeting, a fresh paint job and new furniture for the rooms and lounges.
Sophomore Colleen Reilly, who lives in Millor, said, “I personally love the renovations, especially the new furniture for our dorm rooms; [I] think that they greatly improve the building.”
Reilly said she likes that JCU is always renovating different parts of campus.
“It shows that we are constantly looking for ways to improve our already amazing campus and make it better,” she said. “It also shows that John Carroll is interested in maintaining and continuing to improve our school’s image.”
Dietz also emphasized the importance of the University to continue making improvements to campus. “It is important that we preserve and maintain the campus buildings and infrastructure. The building envelope improvements will make the buildings more energy efficient,” said Dietz.
Every year, Dietz added, JCU continually makes it a priority to make campus-wide improvements. “We must maintain and make planned improvements to the campus buildings, grounds and infrastructure in order to provide a safe, clean environment that supports the University mission and meets the needs of the students, faculty and university community,” said Dietz.
As the year continues, students can expect to see renovations taking place in some other areas of campus as well, Dietz said. This includes the installation of blinds in the O’Malley Center classrooms, the fountain currently under construction in the Dauby Plaza, outside of Boler and major plans to gut and restructure the inside of Murphy Hall.
“A lot of the Facilities staff will be very busy this year working with the Murphy renovation team of architects and engineers designing and planning for the Murphy renovation,” Dietz said. “The work is scheduled to begin in late May of 2013.”