Wright Quad, Read Hall, Forest Quad received upgrades this summer
Aug. 21, 2014
Nothing says the start of fall more than the sight of students returning to the IU campus.
Thousands of students made their way back to Bloomington this week, 11,000 of whom will be living in residence halls. Those staying at Wright Quad, Read Hall and Forest Quad should notice a few improvements this year following a number of construction projects.
Over the summer, the Wright Quad food court's kitchen and loading dock were renovated. Renovations include an updated salad bar and new drink island, while food court employees will benefit from a reconfigured kitchen with new cooking hoods and walk-in coolers and freezers to improve efficiency and safety.
Restrooms on the lower level also have been renovated to meet accessibility needs.
Campbell Street is now one way north, which will help delivery trucks access the new loading dock addition without blocking the street. Limestone screen walls conceal generators, recycling and trash bins, and additional limestone was used on the loading dock to match it to the rest of the building’s exterior.
“The loading dock addition will greatly improve the receiving operations, and its design will transform what had been an unsightly condition into a much more aesthetically pleasing exterior,” said Jeff Moulden, director of special projects/design manager for the IU Architect’s Office.
Read Hall – Phase I
Read Hall is in the first phase of a multiphase improvement project. Phase I improvements began in April and focused on renovations to the first floor, main lobby and lower-level area.
Work completed in August included a new accessible main lobby with a new main entry desk. Upcoming work to be completed over the next 10 months includes renovations to the El Bistro café, restrooms, classrooms and food service offices, as well as creation of the Community Leadership Development Center and Hoosier Den South.
Bob Richardson, the university's senior associate architect, said the improvements will help tie together Read’s four wings.
“The four residential wings have always been isolated, with separate entrances and exits with very little connection between them,” he said. “There has been no overall main accessible entry lobby with a clear overall circulation pattern for the entire building, which this project will provide. This project, coupled with the exterior driveway and entryway improvements, will define the main ‘front’ of Read Hall, which has historically been a problem.”
Residents of Forest Quad Towers A and B were greeted by new paint, carpet and finishes on move-in day. A total of 555 rooms on 11 floors were updated. Each tower also was equipped with new fire alarm systems, including an annunciator panel connected to the new alarm system in the central building.