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Sept. 12, 2001
 
CONTACT: Chuck Weeks, 312-2246
 
IMPROVEMENTS REACH MANY OSWEGO RESIDENCE HALLS
OSWEGO -- Residence halls around campus were spruced up to the tune of $630,000 over the summer, and residents are reaping benefits ranging from cleaner air to stronger showers.
Showerheads in every residence hall were replaced, and 400 resident rooms around campus were repainted, not counting every room in Cayuga Hall.
Cayuga saw the most work. "The returning students love it. It's a 1,000 percent improvement," said Tony Henderson, Cayuga Hall director. "It really needed a facelift."
Beginning the day after students moved out last spring, workers ripped out the old carpet and installed all new carpet throughout the building, painted every wall and ceiling, cleaned the ventilation system, installed directional signage and replaced all the exit signs, put in new ceilings and lights in a number of areas, refurbished the courtyards, replaced the concrete in the front entrance vestibule, upgraded all the plumbing and replaced all the drinking fountains, said Jason Crawford, coordinator of facilities for the residence halls.
All the carpeting in Onondaga Hall was replaced as well. A leak there over winter break last year resulted in some mold and mold spores infecting the carpet, said Chuck Weeks, director of residence life and housing. "We eliminated that problem and improved the environment," he said.
The new carpet that was installed is vinyl backed with no pad, he added, to help prevent that kind of problem in the future. "It should really help people who have allergies," he said.
Funnelle Hall received new carpet in all the lounges and study areas and new paint in the corridors and lounges. Shower drains were replaced in Funnelle as well.
New carpet also went into Seneca Hall lounges that are now housing students.
Campus residence halls are a little overbooked this fall because of strong enrollment while one residence hall is closed for complete renovation. Asbestos has been removed from Johnson Hall in preparation for a multimillion-dollar rehaul of the building.
Weeks said bids will be opened at the end of this month for that construction work, which will likely begin in November. If work is completed on time in December 2002, freshmen living in Riggs Hall at that time will move into the newly renovated Johnson Hall between semesters, he said.
For a complete list of recently completed capital projects as well as projects in progress, see President Deborah F. Stanley's opening breakfast report at www.oswego.edu/welcome/president_w.html.
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