Work is set to begin on a $1.6 million renovation of Watson Hall, University of Jamestown’s oldest existing residence hall.
Christmas break will see the demolition of the building’s west annex, and construction will begin on a 3,100-square foot addition to the west side of the building.
“Our plan is to work on the addition while the University is in session and work in the main building over the summer,” says Tom Heck, Vice President for Planning and Administration.
The addition will include the building’s new main entrance, an elevator, a Resident Director’s office, new restrooms and shower rooms for each floor, and expanded lounges with kitchenettes on the second and third floors.
When students move out of their residence hall rooms in May, the hall will be converted to suites with two bedrooms and a living room per four students. The hall will have an 83-student capacity.
Other work will include aesthetic improvements in the hallways, new electrical lines and upgraded lighting, and installation of air conditioning and a sprinkler system. Work will be completed in time for the start of the 2014-15 academic year.