Students returning for the spring semester and drivers on Dixie Avenue will see construction fences surrounding two of Tennessee Tech University’s residence halls.
M.S. Cooper and Pinkerton Halls are first in a seven-year project to upgrade most of the campus residence halls. Both are scheduled to reopen in time for the start of the fall 2013 semester.
“The idea is this will be a better place to live,” said Charlie Macke, director of Residence Life. “My hope is when we get finished with M.S. Cooper and Pinkerton, people will walk in and say, ‘I want to live here.’ The rooms are still small, the bathrooms are still communal but it will be nicer. I hope the changes we do here will be a ‘wow.’”
The $3 million renovation project for the two halls will include updated bathrooms and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Different flooring, carpeting and doors will be installed, and everything will be painted. When the buildings reopen, new lofting furniture will allow students to fit a dresser and desk beneath their beds.
The students who lived in the buildings during the fall semester have moved to other rooms on campus or into off-campus apartments. All of the students who wanted to remain on campus were accommodated, Macke said.
Construction will not affect traffic on Dixie Avenue, he said, beyond trucks coming in and out of the staging area in front of the buildings.
When the buildings reopen, they will house the global learning village, enabling students and faculty to connect around an interest in world cultures. An office for the village faculty head, a classroom and study and lounge areas will be added to the second floor of Pinkerton Hall to accommodate the village.
Residence Life offices and phone numbers will transfer to Foundation Hall the week of Jan. 21.