Students returning to campus, especially students in the Corps of Cadets, will notice construction beginning on the Upper Quad buildings, which is part of a larger project to revamp some of the oldest buildings on campus.
The renovation will give a complete facelift and include demolition to several buildings located in the older portion of campus. Currently, Rasche is the first building under renovation.
According to Major General Randy Fullhart, everything is going according to schedule. “Everyone is very excited and understanding of the construction,” he said. “We’ve been working very closely with Housing and Residence life to make sure this is a smooth transition for everyone involved.”
Now that construction has begun, students can expect to see contractors and construction workers in and out of buildings over the next several weeks.
The Upper Quad project involves repurposing Rasche, Brodie, Thomas and Monteith Halls — all Corps of Cadets housing. According to the report submitted to the Board of Visitors last spring, the dorms have “received few improvements since their original construction, do not meet student expectations and carry significant deferred maintenance backlogs.”
The target budget for the project overall is $90 million, with funding coming from both private and public entities.
The initial phase of the project begins with Rasche and Brodie. Construction on Brodie is expected to take one year. Then the project will focus on the complete demolition and replacement of Rasche. All together, phase one is expected to take 3 years.
New features of the residence halls will include air conditioning, increased storage space, study rooms for cadets, laundry and mailrooms, as well as modest kitchen spaces and a fitness area.
The plan also includes eventually tearing down Thomas and Monteith Halls and using that area as green space, or potentially as part of a bigger repurposed area.
While that construction is underway, cadets will move into Main Eggleston and West Eggleston Halls, which were once a part of cadet living quarters but mainly house civilians now.
“It’s pretty much operations as normal, despite the construction,” Fullhart said.