Casey O’Brien – Managing Editor
This summer, both Woodland Hall and Carpenter House received makeovers, just in time for students to move in. Residents of both buildings will find improvements beneficial, including an elevator in Woodland.
The bathrooms located in the south end of Woodland Hall have been completely redone. According to Chris Faulkner, Woodland and Carpenter’s Area Coordinator, the bathrooms “are now more comparable to our newer residence halls.”
In addition to the bathrooms, Woodland residents will see the installation of fire sprinklers and recessed lighting in the hallways, creating a brighter atmosphere.
“A lesser known part of the renovation includes the installation of an elevator,” said Faulkner. “While the elevator will not be ready for first year opening…it is expected to be completed this semester which will help students moving out in May and for students too tired to walk the stairs after a long day of classes.”
The elevator is located near the main stairwell and should be completed within the next few weeks, according to Marc Fournier, Director of Plant Operations and Sustainability.
Faulkner believes the improvements to Woodland will help residents take more pride in the building; he hopes the communal spaces, such as common rooms, will get more use.
However, Woodland Hall is not yet completed in its renovations. Faulkner says the building is a two-year project, and for fall 2014 students will see the remaining restrooms be renovated, as well as carpeted hallways and landscaped Woodland Circle.
“I am really excited to see the completed project, but for now I am extremely happy to see the progress being made to improve the condition of Woodland Hall,” said Faulkner.
Carpenter House had its own facelift this summer, turning the 6,200 square foot house into what Fournier says, “may be the greenest house on campus.” Carpenter has been restored from top to bottom, with refinished hardwood floors, new insulation and carpet made of 33 percent of recycled materials, new bathrooms, renovated kitchen, and an upgraded heating system.
The heating system has a sensor in each student’s room, which allows Plant Operations to monitor heating throughout the house. With the sensors, in “each zone we can look at the temperature and make sure it’s okay,” said Fournier.
In addition, the laundry has been brought upstairs and is now located off the kitchen, common rooms have received new furniture, the house has been re-plastered and re-painted, and the stained glass has been reconditioned. The old-fashioned icebox in the kitchen has also been restored.
The new light bulb fixtures in the hallways are using the latest LED technology; the bulbs have motion sensors, which will raise the lighting from a 10 percent to a 50 when a resident walks by. Fournier says Carpenter is now much more sustainable, and after one year, Lasell will examine whether the energy levels in the house have improved.
“I suggest all returning students find a friend that lives in Woodland and Carpenter to take a peek at the great work that’s been done,” said Faulkner.