Primed for summer renovations

North Hall

As your students prepare for summer, University Housing is gearing up for summer renovation projects. Both students and facilities staff members are looking forward to commencement on May 11, 2013 to begin building new futures.

This summer, University Housing will complete more than 60 projects, the same number of projects completed last year. With only 12 weeks to finish these renovations and facility updates across campus, facilities staff will tackle an aggressive schedule of projects so residence halls will be ready for students to arrive in August.

“Our biggest challenge is the amount of projects we have in our short amount of time,” said Peter Fraccaroli, PE, LEED AP Engineer, University Housing Facilities Manager. “There are very few times a year when students are gone. We work around summer camps and new student orientation during our condensed schedule. We really try to focus on high profile areas like entrances, doorways and first impression areas.”

This summer’s list of projects include new lights in the gazebo and streetlights in the pathway of Parents Park behind Lee and Sullivan halls, new shower pans in Watauga Hall, caulking for Sullivan Hall windows, new furniture for Avent Ferry, new bathroom lighting and carpet for Wolf Village, new carpet for the Quad (Berry, Becton, and Bagwell) and a new office and conference room space for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Living and Learning Village program.

Lee Hall will receive the most renovations this year. Around 100 suites, or 400 bedrooms, will receive a cosmetic overhaul. This $3 million project includes removing the old original built-in dressers and cabinets and replacing them with new walls, new furniture and new flooring.

“Graduation is May 11, and we will be in there before commencement is done, pulling out furniture so the contractor can start May 12 since it must be done by August 1. It will be a big facelift,” said Fraccaroli. 

The first floor renovation of Bowen Hall will also receive a big facelift this summer. Renovations began during Winter Break and include all new windows in the storefronts with double pane glass, which is more energy efficient. “The new glass saves on cooling and heating by cutting down on humidity and moisture,” Fraccaroli said.

The Bowen Hall Elevator Lobby will receive a new wall finish, and lobby bathrooms will have new ADA compliant doors. New light fixtures and ceiling tiles will be installed throughout the first floor, and the laundry room will receive a new finish and solid surface countertops.

As University Housing staff members design and implement new projects across campus, it is important to measure the success of their energy efficiency. “We want to measure and verify as we implement changes across campus for energy efficiency,” said Sean Fokes, AASET, BSEE, PE, University Housing Energy Coordinator. “We want to go back and quantify and demonstrate our savings.”

North Hall, the former Lemon Tree Hotel from the 1970s received a major renovation three years ago. “The building had moisture and humidity issues, so during the summer of 2011, we replaced the storefronts,” Fraccaroli said. “Nearly 80 percent of the front wall was removed and we put new wall up on all 6 floors. The old doors did not seal and the single pane glass was not energy efficient.”

Now looking back at the renovation, Fokes has seen a major reduction in daily water usage and energy consumption.  “We have reduced daily water usage in North Hall by approximately 42 percent since 2004,” he said. “The bulk of this savings has been accomplished via the installation of low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets.  We are currently saving approximately 2,900 gallons/day. It is pretty substantial.”

The energy savings in North Hall was also significant. “The reduction in electrical consumption in North Hall was achieved by installing the new storefronts,” Fokes said. “We have reduced consumption by at least 16 percent since 2010.  Looking back at the last three years, we found that we saved about $11,000 per year.”

University Housing Facilities staff members are already planning renovation projects for next summer that will continue to improve NC State’s energy efficiency and dedication to innovation.