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Next summer, the second phase of demolition is expected to begin, as well as the first phase of the refurbishment and repair of the Village Residence Halls. These buildings will be refurbished over the course of four years, beginning with Matthews Hall and Aubie Hall.

The project will renovate all 484 suites throughout the Village complex over four phases. The renovation will include replacing flooring, casework, vanities, countertops and bathroom fixtures of each suite in addition to repainting the suites and hallways.

Additionally, the air conditioning units will be replaced in each suite. Since trustees first approved this project at their Nov. 22, 2019, meeting, the need to replace the air conditioning units has become “urgent,” according to a memorandum presented to trustees.

The cost for the design of all four phases and the construction cost for the first phase is estimated to be $9.2 million, which will be funded by Student Affairs.

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Trustees also made headway into the construction of new residence halls. At Friday’s meeting, they gave final project approval for the renovation of three buildings to facilitate the relocation of the Early Learning Center, the Marriage & Family Therapy Center, the Center for Health Ecology & Equity Research and the College of Education EAGLES program.

Once these programs have been relocated, their buildings, which are adjacent to Haley Concourse and Upper Quad residence halls, will be able to be demolished and replaced with new student housing.

To facilitate the Early Learning Center, the Dawson Building on South Donahue Drive will be renovated to include the creation of classrooms, observation rooms, offices, a kitchen, clinic space, conference room, laundry room, an outdoor playground, storage and support space.

The project will build-out a 9,000 square foot floor of Research Park Building 1 to facilitate the Marriage & Family Therapy Center and the Center for Health Ecology & Equity Research. These renovations include the creation of a clinic space, observation rooms, a conference room, offices, storage and support space.

The EAGLES program will be moved to Suite 136 of Foy Hall, which will be renovated to create classrooms, offices, a conference room, storage, clinic space and storage space. There will also be ADA-compliant upgrades to the main entries and access points within the building.

The total project cost for the relocation and renovation project is $5.51 million, which will be financed by the University’s general funds.