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Neptune Residence Hall West and North received updates over the summer. Neptune Residence Hall East will receive the same updates during the fall semester.
Nick Hanson | Northern Star
DeKALB — Though renovations have been made at Neptune Residence Halls, more are yet to come.Housing and Residential Services completed the renovations for Neptune Residence Hall throughout the summer. These are the first major renovations Neptune Residence Hall has ever seen.
“It’s never really been renovated before,” said Jennifer Manning, interim director of Housing and Residential Services. “Over the years, we have added sprinkler systems, replaced fire alarm systems and added new cable systems. Other than that, no major renovations have been done to any of the Neptune buildings.”During a Feb. 16 2017 Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a capital project request for a design plan to the residence hall. The Board approved $5.4 million in funding March 9 and anticipated renovations to be completed before the start of fall 2017 semester.“A couple of years ago, a group was brought in to look at the Holmes Student Center and look into Neptune renovations, and they created a long-term plan,” Manning said. “We used some of that information that was gathered then to create a plan to do more minor renovations for this summer and fall.”Construction started a couple days after graduation ceremonies ended May 13, said Dan Koenen, executive director of Campus Dining.The long-term plan for the residence hall was to do a complete renovation of the buildings. Some renovations would include remodeling the bathrooms and adding air conditioning.These updates were not in the original plan for renovations this year, said Manning.Bringing air conditioning into the buildings would cost millions of dollars, Manning said. Housing and Residential Services officials are looking at other ways to air condition lounges and add public space air conditioning.“Those …