Written By: Tierra Francois
West Hall has been under renovation since last summer, and the renovation still continues.
The renovations began in the west wing and the second renovation will begin replacing the HVAC in the south wing, where many students complain of the high humidity in classrooms.
Replacing HVAC is very costly and time consuming. The HVAC has to be replaced in the north wing as well.
Ray Sable, who has been overseeing the renovations, said that the last time West Hall was fully renovated was in 1985.
“The systems that have not been replaced are 30 years old,” Sable said. “The ductwork and air handlers need to be increased to account for the additional heat-generating technology that has been added to the building.”
Sable said that his team is also trying to implement new technology while doing these renovations.
“While sections of the building are having the HVAC renovated, it is also an excellent time to make other upgrades,” Sable said. “In phase 1, VSU installed new whiteboards in many of the classrooms.”
This also means rearranging computer labs to ensure internet connection and also smaller replacements like new carpet and paint.
These costly renovations are projected to be completed by spring 2015.