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August 2012

Move-in ready

The seven residence halls that make up the Quad — Bailey, Coit, Cotten, Gray, Hinshaw, Jamison and Shaw — are places to make memories once more.

The renovated Quad is ready for the next generation of students.

The renovated Quad is ready for the next generation of students.

This week, students are moving into the 1920s buildings, which were closed for a year for an intensive renovation. The buildings were gutted and refitted for today's students.

As director of Housing and Residence Life, Tim Johnson gets a fair number of questions about the Quad. The most asked question: “Do the buildings have air conditioning now?” Yes.

The second most popular question: “How did the parlors turn out?”

“They look really great,” he says. Sofas, soft chairs and tables for quiet study, combined with built-in bookshelves and large windows, have made the parlors inviting spaces.

There's much to be excited about. In fact, the day the housing applications opened, the Quad buildings were filled within a couple of hours.

“They've always had some level of popularity because of the location,” Johnson says. “But in recent years the Quad had not been as popular because of the age, the condition of the buildings and no AC.”

The approximately 600 students who will live in the Quad this year — predominantly sophomores and upperclassmen — will enjoy a number of amenities, such as:

Shaw Residence Hall, which fronts Walker Avenue, is the focal point of the Quad, with a large pass through leading to a plaza and seating walls. Shaw also is the site of a new game room, multipurpose room and two classrooms which will be used as part of future living and learning communities.

While all the new amenities are wonderful, alumni will appreciate that the exteriors of the Quad buildings look the same. Bricks were cleaned and repointed but, with the exception of new construction such as the second floor of the parlors, all is original. All the trees within the Quad were also preserved.

Interested in taking a look for yourself?

On Nov. 3, during Homecoming, the Quad will be rededicated at 12:30 p.m. near Shaw Residence Hall. Tours will held throughout the afternoon.








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