Knox Announces Building Renovation

Knox College will renovate its student apartment building Hamblin Hall over the summer of 2007.

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The project will add spaces for 29 students, increasing capacity to 101 from the current 72.

The new two-person and four-person apartments will be built on the ground level, along with a new lounge area. The college also will replace all kitchens, bathrooms and doors in the existing apartments. The outside entrance and all the lounges and common living areas will be renovated. A sprinkler system, new fire alarm system and an elevator will be installed.

The college is still working with the architect to determine cost estimates, officials said.

Some preliminary work is planned to begin this spring, with the major construction in June and July. Completion is planned for August, before students returning to campus in late August and early September.

“The renovation will raise both the quality and the variety in residences for seniors,” said Craig Southern, associate dean of students for campus life and director of residential learning. “We are also increasing the number of handicapped-accessible rooms and our overall flexibility in meeting student housing preferences.”

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