By Lori Hasselman
Students have been sleeping on the same beds in Blalock Hall since the 1970’s until new furniture was delivered and installed this week at the freshman men’s dorm. According to Jimmy Tucker, Director of Haskell Housing, the project has been in motion for several months.
“Facilities Management secured the funds to start working on this building. This is just the first phase,” said Tucker.
In phase I, furniture replacement includes new beds, mattresses, desks, and under-the-bed drawer storage. Contractors are working one floor at a time so students only have to be absent from their rooms for short periods of time during the new furniture transition.
“I’m kind of excited. The drawers under my bed are broken so I’m pretty excited to get the new furniture and have the drawers under the bed work so I have more space to put my stuff,” Said Reid Williams, Blalock resident.
The carpet in the building will be replaced in phase II of the project and in phase III, all bathrooms will be redone along with building repairs.
Blalock Hall holds 126 students at full capacity. The housing and facilities departments will be working jointly on the project.