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Posted: May 24, 2012 9:26 p.m.

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Oxford College gets a facelift


The historic windows in Seney Hall are being refurbished. The building was constructed in 1881.

Oxford College will do extensive construction totaling $16 million to some of its oldest buildings starting this summer.

Over the next 18 months, the college will tackle five construction projects. Four of its buildings will undergo significant renovations or redevelopment while the quad will be converted to a pedestrian-only zone.

"The effect will be enormous," said Stephen Bowen, Dean of Oxford College. "These projects will expand our facilities in critical area and improve the overall appearance and architectural integrity of the campus."

To transform the quad which dates back to 1839, the paths will be bricked and Hamill Street will be closed to traffic just inside the Oxford College gates. The project is expected to be completed in January 2013.

Seney Hall, built in 1881, has been undergoing renovations since last summer. However, the project is now in its final stages and is expected to be complete by August. The historic windows will be removed and the frames will be refurbished and reinstalled.

After a building inspection revealed that rainwater from leaking gutters on the roof caused damage, Oxford administrations decided to do an extensive renovation of Seney Hall. The renovation of Seney Hall is expected to cost around $1.1 million.

The trusses in Williams Gymnasium, built in 1907, will be renovated. Last fall, engineers found during an inspection the suspended wooden running track was compromising the building's original wooden trusses.

The trusses will be strengthened by removing the roof and doing structural support work. Once the trusses are supported, a new roof will be installed. The project is expected to be completed in August.

Language Hall, built in 1874, will undergo a major interior re-design which includes adding four modern classrooms, faculty offices, HVAC system and an aesthetic entrance. The exterior will also be designed to be more reminiscent of the original 1874 design.

The construction to Language Hall is expected to be completed in January 2013.

Oxford College Library and Academic Commons will gain a 10,000 square foot addition. The interior of the building will be update in both design and technology.

During the construction, the library's functions will be decentralized to other locations. The project is expected to be completed in August 2013.


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