Renovations to Caraway Hall are nearing completion. The 5-month-long project was placed into action to ensure the structure will remain on campus as an asset, not only to Arkansas Tech, but to the city of Russellville.
Constructed in 1934 with funding from the Public Works Administration, Caraway Hall was erected in an effort to help revive the local economy in response to the Great Depression. In 1992, Caraway Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the United States federal government’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects deemed worthy of preservation.
“A building built almost a hundred years ago is going to need upkeep,” said Mike Archdeacon, superintendent of Flynco’s 10-man-general-contracting crew working on Caraway Hall. “I can see this building standing another two hundred years,” Archdeacon said.
Flynco’s construction crew, based in Little Rock, has replaced the lattice around the catwalk, the gutters and the concrete supporting the pillars at the hall’s main entrance. The crew has also repainted the lower half of the building and put in two new air-conditioning units and six new heating units on the fourth floor.
“Waterproofing and mold prevention were two of the main focuses during the renovation,” Archdeacon said. Rotted boards were replaced, and the basement was covered with gravel to prevent mold caused by accumulating moisture, which can cause allergic reactions such as wheezing, watery eyes, runny nose and coughing, according to MedicineNet.
The renovations are targeted to be complete by Friday, Nov. 17, according to Flynco.
“We will be over the moon when they finish, and we can all get our beauty rest back,” Lydia Gates, a hospitality administration major and Caraway Hall resident from Little Rock, said. “The worst part was definitely the jackhammering, nail guns and table saws starting early in the morning,” Gates said.
Caraway Hall currently houses 88 females and four sororities: Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Zeta, Phi Mu and Zeta Tau Alpha.