Great Things Newsletter

Student residence renovations increase “happiness factor”

Having an inviting residential room on campus adds to the quality of life for approximately 800 students who reside on the McNichols Campus.

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Quad Commons Theater/meeting space.

The Quad Residence Halls (North and West) are looking good with new paint, new floor tiles in the rooms and newly carpeted hallways. This summer, the East and South Quad Residence Halls will receive the same treatment.

Improvements have been made to the Quad Commons, creating an inviting space for students to socialize. This renovation was made possible
by a number of alumni and donors, including honorary alumna Chris Cortez, retired Chrysler executive and former UDM Board trustee.

Major infrastructure projects in the residence halls focus on the exterior and interior walls. This summer, repairs will restore the Quads’ façade, where concrete bands have crumbled due to rusting steel reinforcement rods. When funds permit, the interior walls will be repaired to fix the condensation lines from the heating and cooling system.

Other work to be done in the residence halls includes:

  • install motion sensors in hallways and bathrooms (A portion of this work has been completed with a gift from an anonymous donor.)
  • renovate floor lounges and replace furniture
  • remove and replace built-in desks and dressers at Holden Hall
  • renovate first-floor gathering spaces (Shiple Hall and Quad Commons)
  • replace damaged ceilings and showers in designated rooms at the Quads
  • install new lighting in all residence halls
  • create outdoor gathering areas and places to study