Renovated Dorms Open to Rave Reviews
Date: Oct. 2, 2000
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: Campus News
Students at Siddall Hall are living in a cleaner, more modern-looking environment, with $800,000 worth of renovations to all
264 rooms which contain 484 bedroom units. Before the upgrade,
the mid-1960s furniture was nearly 20 years older than the
average freshman who moved into the women's dorm this year.
work didn't begin until mid July because the facility was being
used for summer school, camps and conferences. The carpenters,
electricians, air quality technicians, plumbers, painters,
maintenance employees and the housekeeping staff worked
diligently to get Siddall up to date in time for students to move
in. All work is expected to wrap up this week.
The project was
led by Don Connley, director, Maintenance and Operations West, UC
Facilities Management and Dawn Wilson, director of Resident
Education and Development. Connley says the project was a huge
undertaking to complete in such a short period of time. The old
furniture, a cabinet, desk and student vanity, were attached to
the wall and it all had to be ripped out. "The electrical boxes
had to be converted to duplex outlets because the wiring had been
directly wired to the old furniture," said Connley.
removal of the old furniture, the walls had to be plastered and
painted behind each unit because the unused wall areas were
unfinished," Wilson continued. "The floor was also unfinished
under each of the old units, so we had to lay new floor tile.
Then we put in new light fixtures in each of the women's rooms."
Connley added that the fixtures in the halls will be replaced as
well, and some of that work continues.
Once they got the old
wall units ripped out, it was time to get rid of the beds. The
old rooms had the metal framed bed and mattress. Now they have
two different styles of wooden bed furniture, two to a room: a
high loft and a junior loft. Different rooms have different
combinations of bed furniture. The rooms also hold a wardrobe,
three-drawer chest and desk for each student.
Wilson says the
cost of the furniture alone amounted to $650,000. The end result
not only left the rooms looking more modern but also with a
richer, warmer feel, thanks to the light wood furniture over the
Roommates like Shannon Brown, a freshman from
Somerville, Ohio and Marianne Certo, a freshman from Bedford,
Ohio, get to enjoy the end result. When Connley first approached
the project, he thought the students might want furniture they
could move around and he was right. "I moved in the first day
(Sept. 14) and when I first saw the room, I thought it looked
kind of tight," said Brown. "We moved the furniture to make more
A roommate is a new experience for Brown as well.
Before she left home for college, she had a room to herself.
"I've previously shared a room with an older sister, but this is
the first time I ve lived with a stranger," said Certo.
women have lived together just over a week, because Brown headed
home the weekend before classes started. However, despite their
short time together, they're becoming fast friends. "We went to
her (Brown's) brother's birthday party the other day and her
family was saying to me, "Okay, we're going to adopt you now,"