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Wilson Hall to face renovations

Arkansas Tech’s campus beautification project continues — this time, on the inside.

Wilson Hall is a focal point of many renovation projects to come to Tech in the next five years. The residence hall, which will be shut down for the 2015-16 academic year for extensive internal renovations, is getting a major face lift.

“We’ve been talking about Wilson for two-to-three years now,” said Aaron Hogan, associate dean for Residence Life.

The most recent renovation to Wilson Hall has already been finished; the brick structure that sits to the north side of the building is to house the chiller system that will be installed later this summer, Hogan said.

Other renovations to Wilson include an upgrade to the Internet, heating and air systems and sprinkler system.

“The Wilson Hall renovation came about because we received a grant from a historical society in Arkansas,” Hogan said.

That historical society is the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resource Council, which granted Tech $500,000 in May 2013 and $500,000 in May 2014 for the project.

Wilson Hall, Tucker Hall, the Commons and Brown Hall are expected to receive wireless updates this summer, Galen Rounsaville, construction manager, said.

Other projects include a Dean Hall floor replacement, instillation of the Paine Hall chiller system and a Morton Hall renovation.
“Everything besides Wilson will be finished by the end of the summer,” Rounsaville said. “Fall of 2016, we will be up and running.”