As Emporia State continues its renovations and remodeling, Singular and Trusler Halls are undergoing a few changes themselves this school year.
“We have an increase in student population and we needed to do more to help the quality of room given to the students to match their expectations,” said Wade Redeker, director of Residential Life.
Renovations currently under way in Trusler are expected to be complete by the end of this semester, Redeker said. While residents are away on winter break, the construction crew will work on the lounge areas that connect Trusler and Singular.
In January, when Singular residents return for the spring semester, they will move to the newly redone Trusler, while their old hall goes through its own renovation process, which is due for completion by August 2014.
The rooms will be furnished with new stackable beds, two wardrobe cabinets, two desks and one sink to share.
Along the halls, each floor has community bathrooms, public restrooms, study rooms and a lobby for collaboration and relaxing.
Redeker said they are keeping community bathrooms to encourage students to come out of their rooms, even if for a couple of minutes.
“They could run into a new friend out in the hallway,” he said.
So far, the project has totaled nearly $4 million, which includes the new bedroom furniture, but a lot of the old furniture has been kept to replace even older beds and desks in Morse Hall next summer.
“We’re always looking to add small pieces here and there to make the residential buildings more appealing to the students,” Redeker said.
Ethan Crasper, freshman theater major, said he “wouldn’t want to change (residence halls_ in the middle of the semester.”
“I get along well with the people on my floor now,” Crasper said.
He said if he was a still high school senior, on the other hand, he wouldn’t hesitate to look into the newer residence hall.
“I think those that have the brand new connection with the new complexes will really enjoy it,” said Emmanuel Cockrell, junior theater education major and Resident Assistant.
Redeker said he is very thankful to the residents in Singular for their patience through construction noise and short-term power, water and elevator outages.
“They have been very positive throughout it all and we thank them for going with the flow,” Redeker said.
Trusler is expected to be open for move-in on Jan. 19, 2014.