By Mimi Siff
Director of Student Services
The Richmond Hall renovation project remains on target for a completion date that will allow students to move in just before the start of the Spring 2017 term in early January. The roof work continues to uncover many unexpected and surprising challenges, but the management teams from Hourigan and Baskervill work quickly and efficiently to address them and keep the project moving forward towards the finish line. Upstairs, the student living areas are really coming together: walls have final coats of paint, carpet and tile have been laid down and the new furniture has been ordered. Due to the historical nature of the building, the dorm rooms each have their own unique shape and size and will provide some fun opportunities to personalize the space.
On the main floor, the mailroom and Global Mission Center walls are up and the kitchen that will serve our community meals is beginning to take shape but the real showstopper of the renovation is going to be the new staircase that leads from the cafe’ to the lower level student recreation area. It really opens up the space and allows a great deal of light to flow in, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere where students can gather to play pool, watch TV and movies, or just to talk or study.
Members of the Richmond Student Government Assembly Service Committee cooked lunch on the quad for the nearly 80-member construction crew. Hamburders, hotdogs, baked beans, chili, potato salad, pumpkin bread and more were provided as thanks for the hard work these men and women are doing to update our beloved community center.