Bathroom Remodels to Come to Two Residence Halls
Students can expect better conditions by fall semester
Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014 09:02
The North Dakota University System is putting millions of dollars into new toilets and showers.
The State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously on Thursday to approve more than $2 million for remodeling bathrooms in NDSU’s Stockbridge and Dinan Residence Halls.
“The project is required because the community-style lavatories have exceeded their useful life,” a staff report said. “The students desire a private layout, and the finishes, fixtures and piping are failing.
“The waste piping is severely corroded and several plumbing fixtures have had to be removed from service because the piping no longer works.”
Dinan Hall resident Josie Carlson, sophomore nursing major, said the bathrooms are outdated and the showers have low water pressure. She said she welcomes the improvements.
“It is exciting, but since we won’t be living here (next semester) there is the disappointment of missing them by a year,” Carlson said. “It definitely needs to be done, and it will make community bathrooms a better experience.”
“The added privacy for the showers will be great. It will change it from feeling like camp showers to your own,” she added.
The bathroom remodel is a non-state funded capital project that is a part of the 2012 Campus Facility Master Plan.
The bathroom renovations are phases two and three of a plan to replace outdated bathrooms on campus. One bathroom stack in Stockbridge Hall was previously renovated.
Stockbridge and Dinan Halls were listed by the university as having the worst bathroom conditions and were first on the list to be remodeled.
The report said the renovation of the Dinan bathroom stack and the remaining Stockbridge bathroom stack will start in May and wrap up in August while most classes are not in session.
Dinan Hall was built in 1954 and Stockbridge Hall in 1957.
The SBHE also approved $700,000 in additional spending for the North Dakota 4-H Camp project, to increase the total amount allotted to $2.6 million.
This project has been in the NDSU Campus Master Plan since 2010.
The site is located near Washburn, N.D, and is used for summer camps and NDSU Extension Service staff trainings, according to a staff report.
Three cabins and a main lodge at the camp need renovations and repairs. Construction is expected to take place from spring to the end of the year, the report said.
The SBHE also approved a $300,000 Memorial Union freight elevator upgrade.
The current elevator was installed in 1952. Dining Services uses the elevator to move goods in and out of the dining court in the basement.
A staff report said the elevator has safety issues, and several near-miss accidents have been reported every year.
The project is set to begin in May and wrap up in June, the report said.