Renovations to the historic Quad will begin May 7. The renovations, estimated to cost $52.5 million and paid for over time by user fees, will keep the residence halls offline for a little more than year. Construction is scheduled to wrap up in the late summer of 2012 for fall occupancy.
The project will include complete interior renovations of Cotton, Bailey, Hinshaw, Coit, Shaw, Jamison and Gray residence halls, totaling approximately 225,000 gross square feet. The renovations will also include exterior building envelope repairs; the replacement of existing windows with energy efficient ones; and ADA accessibility improvements, including ramps and elevators. Improvements will be made to the existing site and underground utilities.
Two living-learning community classrooms will be included on the north side of Shaw Residence Hall as well as new office space. The halls’ parlors will be expanded to two stories and the primary entrances to the buildings will be created on the Quad side of the structures. The mature trees within the Quad will be protected during the renovations, and the grass within the area will be kept with enhanced walkways on either side.
UNCG’s Facilities Design and Construction department is managing the Quad Residence Halls renovations.
After a series of discussions about the fate of the Quad, UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady recommended the renovation of the historic structures to the university’s Board of Trustees in September 2009. “UNCG has demonstrated its commitment to historically sensitive renovation – illustrated by Aycock Auditorium, the Alumni House, Forney and other projects – and I pledge we will approach renovation of the Quad residence halls in the same spirit,” Brady told the board.
The other option considered during planning for the campus’ long-term housing needs was to raze and rebuild the residence halls.
By Lanita Withers Goins
Rendering courtesy Facilities Design and Constuction