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Residence hall renovations, upgrades and demolitions coming Summer 2019

On May 6, renovations will begin in several residence hall across the Athens campus as Housing and Residence Life invests over $17.6 million in upgrades, improvements and demolitions. Following is a look at some of the projects taking place during the summer semester.

Atkinson House 2019
Atkinson House
Smith House 2019
Smith House

Demolition of Armbruster, Atkinson and Smith Houses – This summer we will say farewell to Armbruster, Atkinson and Smith Houses on the Back South Green, also known as New South. Constructed in 1970, the Houses were mod-style halls with primarily single rooms for residents.

Do you want a piece of South Green history? Certified bricks from Armbruster, Atkinson and Smith Houses will be for sale on the Bobcat Store in the Fall of 2019. All proceeds go to the Housing and Residence Life Foundation, which supports student staff through professional development, program support and more.

Ryors Lobby Rendering
Rendering of the new lobby in Ryors Hall, West Green

Ryors Hall Lobby Renovation – Bringing a modern feel to the beloved hall, the new Ryors Hall lobby will include all new finishes and furniture, a renovated restroom, central AC, a relocated staff office and two new study rooms.

Washington Hall Restroom Progress
Washington Hall kitchen progress

Renovations underway in Washington Hall

Washington Hall Renovation – After 14 months of renovation, Washington Hall will reopen to students for fall semester 2019. Upon opening, the hall will have fully renovated multi-user and single-user restrooms on all floors, as well as a kitchen and three new study rooms. All resident rooms will be outfitted with a fan coil unit preparing the spaces for individual climate control in the near future.

Renovated Convocation Center Restroom Layout
New floor layout of Convocation Center's residential restrooms

Convocation Center Restroom Renovation – During the summer of 2019, half of the restrooms in the residential area of the Convo will be renovated, bringing modern aesthetics to the hall. As seen in the floor layout above, the renovation will increase the number of sinks, private shower rooms, and private toilet rooms in each area. The remaining half of the restrooms will be renovated during the summer of 2020.