Edwards and Ingersoll Hall will be sporting new exterior looks this semester, with renovations set to be wrapped up in two weeks.
The $1.9 million expense between both buildings was funded by student room and board revenue.
Rick Pott, facility planner and project coordinator for Housing and Dining Services, said the projects were initiated to enhance the attractiveness of the exterior of the buildings as well as establish a suitable living environment for students.
â€œThe main focus was to improve the curb appeal of the buildings and provide a better thermal comfort for the residents,â€ Pott said. â€œWe are focused on re-branding campus housing by giving the buildings a modern look with use of unique color palettes and making it convenient for students to live in.â€
The consistent palette of colors and materials used in the buildings are the same as those used in the Academic Village, which is the newest residence hall community located on the south side of campus close to the intramural fields.
The Academic Village is home to a commons with the Ramâ€™s Horn Dining center, the Engineering Hall, the Honors Hall and Aspen Hall.
The old green tiles on the outside of the buildings have been replaced with bricks that allow for improved energy efficiency, which lower operating costs and make the buildings 20 percent cooler than before, something Pott believes will benefit residents.
â€œThe buildings are also much quieter, and itâ€™s different from what parents of students used to live in,â€ he said.
Corbett Hall underwent interior renovations this summer, with interior renovations taking place in Edwards and Ingersoll Hall in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Renovations included new carpeting, new walls and updated furniture.
Tonie Miyamoto, director of Housing and Dining Services, said that the exterior renovations of these buildings were met with a positive attitude from students touring the CSU campus during the summer. She added that it was important that the exterior look of these halls matched the interior.
â€œThe old windows from the â€˜60s were not very energy efficient. With these new windows, when it is about 90 degrees outside, it is much cooler inside and when it is winter time, it is much warmer in the rooms,â€ Miyamoto said. â€œThe new windows are three or four times more energy efficient.
Edwards and Ingersoll Hall are not the only halls that would undergo exterior renovations. Similar renovations are expected to begin in Corbett and Parmalee in the summer of 2011 and Braiden will see similar work in the summer of 2012.
Miyamoto said the renovations in Braiden and Parmalee would include the addition of a fourth floor.
New additions to the exterior of Edwards and Ingersoll hall include:
-Single glazed windows to new double pane windows with high performance low-E coating (improves window performance by 400 percent),
-Wall insulation value of R-12.5 added behind the lower brick panels,
-New seals and weather-stripping gaskets that reduce air filtration by over 300 percent, and
-Acid-etched windows for privacy in the community bathrooms.
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