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Construction cones will be on campus while most students and faculty are away this upcoming summer.
A 15-week project in Melrose Hall and Walker Hall to strategically locate departments, partial renovations will begin this summer, according to the Director of Facilities and Auxiliary Services, Allison Horn.
“In alignment with the 2012-2018 Strategic Plan and the Strategic Facilities Guide, the partial renovation projects in Melrose Hall and Walker Hall are intended to revitalize the student experience and maximize efficient coordination between service processes to support students,” Horn wrote in an email.
The renovations will require some departments to temporarily relocate in order to accommodate the lower level in Melrose Hall based on student services and the International Center in Walker Hall, according to Horn.
The first floor of Walker Hall will be partially renovated to create a large suite to serve as an International Center accommodating both the Political Science department, as well as International Programs Office. The Sociology, Anthropology and Modern Languages departments will be moved to the second floor of the building, according to Horn.
The Anthropology Museum will become a distributed museum with display cases throughout the ground floor atrium areas instead of in a small room adjacent to the elevator, according to Horn.
In addition to mechanical system upgrades, exterior work at the east entrance, accessibility upgrades to restrooms and some seismic improvements. The lower level of Melrose Hall will be designed to create purposeful adjacencies that improve staff effectiveness and provide for easier access by students, faculty and the community, according to Horn.
“Ultimately the 2012-2018 Strategic Plan and Strategic Facilities Guide focuses on how to make our college better for our students. The partial renovation projects in Melrose Hall and Walker Hall demonstrate that the college is invested in student success and focused on the student experience,” Horn wrote in an email. “Linfield’s effectiveness relies on our structures, our processes and our programs of study. Academic excellence requires the highest feasible level of support to our students, a strategic focus on the allocation of resources, and the continuation of a sustainable financial model that most effectively deploys the College’s resources.”
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The decision to postpone the project, which was slated to take place during January Term, came after Bill Masullo, general manager of Linfield Sodexo, and Allison Horn, director of auxiliary services, re-evaluated the construction schedule.
Moving the Starbucks project to coincide with the renovation of Dillin Hall this summer proved to be more cost effective. Additionally, it eases the burden on the incoming contractors who otherwise would have had to make numerous trips, Masullo explained.
Although Starbucks is on hold for now, plans to remodel the Fred Meyer Lounge were in full swing during January, leaving the space ready for use in time for the new semester.
The Fred Meyer Lounge received a new paint job and furniture. The floors were refinished, and the Wildcat logo was added, Masullo said.
The Office of Academic Affairs funded the media portion of the space, which includes a flat screen TV, Horn added. There is also a built-in sound system.
In addition, the old wood-burning fireplace was converted to gas. Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, is safekeeping the controls, Horn said.
Originally, there were plans to open up the space to the coffee shop. However, the entrances had to remain the same because of structural issues, Masullo said.
Even so, the Starbucks space will be arranged differently than the
current café. The tables will be made from Linfield’s famous old oak tree. And, historical photos will adorn the walls.
Students will have the opportunity to see the floor plans after spring break. Masullo and Horn said they plan to post them up outside of the space.
“It was disappointing for everyone when the project was pushed back. But, [the Starbucks] is still coming, and it will be an improvement when everyone gets back to campus,” Horn said.
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