Columbia and Barnard have made some Housing renovations
Like massage chairs in PrezBo’s mansion, they’re everywhere! I’m not quite Spec’s former EIC Ben Cotton, but I’ll do my best to go through all of Housing’s renovations.
These upgrades make ____ the shit!
Carman Hall more than any other dorm, was branded with the type of BIG WINNER STATUS that you usually only see on sketchy websites in Comic Sans that link to Tanzania. Housing is creating a new fitness room in their basement (which should be finished by the end of the semester), and all Carman floor lounges got flatscreen TVs. Considering that Carman was already the best dorm (by far), you might as well unfurl a Miami Heat banner on their roof.
River Hall—The one drawback with River is that it was somewhat isolated from campus. If you pulled out a tape measure and wheeled it to main campus, the distance probably isn’t much different from McBain or Watt, but because you’re walking steeply uphill, the walk just feels harder (particularly during winter when you’re walking uphill over a slippery sheet of snow and there’s that annoying risk that you might slip on ice, fall on your back, crack your tailbone, start crying, end up in St. Luke’s, and fail your chem exam).
In addition to a much needed improved printing station, River is getting a fitness room, a small practice room for musicians, and new flooring. There’s a good chance that River singles, traditionally an option that lucky juniors could snag, will fall into senior-only domain with the upgrades.
A solid upgrade, it will noticeably improve life
Reid Hall—A first-year Barnard dorm, the hallways were repainted and got necessary new carpeting (the tile flooring that was there before could get kind of grimy).
Brooks Hall—The Lewis Parlor will get library-styled study tables and lights which is really great. Last year there were only sofas to study in, and the lighting was spotty at best. Now it should be a great study spot. The fourth and fifth floor of Brooks were refurbished a bit, but not by a lot.
600—the A and F lines (typically considered less desirable lines) got significant kitchen and bathroom renovations. Check this out! These are the images you only see in those Wheel of Fortune prize puzzle commercials.
Watt—Like River, the only drawback is that Watt is just slightly isolated. The first and second levels get refurbished floors, new sinks, and shower head upgrades. All of Watt will get new windows, window gates, and window blinds. That’s all nice, but none of it will make a noticeable difference. What’s nicer is that Watt gets a print station and flatscreen TVs lame video screens, though the print station isn’t quite the lifesaver it is for River, considering that Watt residents can get their printing done a few steps away at McBain.
Schapiro—It got wireless! Most Schapiro residents already had WiFi access, but this wireless will definitely be more expansive and reliable. Schapiro is replacing its locks with better Ving locks, but considering that Schapiro’s previous Ving system was fine, I don’t quite get why they’re doing that. Floors 11 through 16 get flooring, paint, and bathroom upgrades. The bathroom upgrades were needed more than the flag on South Lawn needs to be green, but the painting and flooring was fine before…The first floor also now has two dance rooms and a small student group space available for sign-up with University Event Management.
East Campus got WiFi for EVERYONE (this was the most expensive wiring of Housing’s two million dollar wireless project). In addition, the 16th floor of EC received new furniture, flooring, appliances, and bathroom fixes.
The three brownstones vacated by Pike/AEPi/Psi Up got upgraded bathrooms, kitchen design, flooring and common space, but some of the rooms were also changed (doubles converted into singles, etc.). Overall though, people have said the upgrades are very noticeable.
Claremont/Harmony got wireless too!
Nussbaum got a printing station, which was pretty necessary considering that many people in Nussbaum would have to walk all the way to McBain to get their printing done.
Yeah, it’s nice I guess
McBain‘s second floor got repainted and had its flooring replaced. I’ve been to the second floor of McBain and I don’t feel like it was any different quality-wise from McBain’s other floors…
Hogan’s fourth, fifth, and sixth floors received new flooring, paint, kitchen and bathroom furnishings, and new LED lighting in the hallways, but a senior living there right now says there’s really no difference. The doors and locks were replaced with electronic Ving locks throughout the building.
Furnald, John Jay, LLC—Not much new here. They’re getting “video screens” (big disclaimer: we’ve emailed Housing for clarification, but it’s likely that these “video screens” aren’t actually used to watch TV). Other than that, John Jay/LLC’s water fountains now also have a place to refill water bottles and Furnald’s getting some new lounge furniture.
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