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Marquis Hall renovations upgrade 1960s era systems

Marquis Hall renovations upgrade 1960s era systems

Marquis Hall renovations upgrade 1960s era systems
September 01
00:38 2014

Rhiannon Saegert / Senior Staff Writer

Soon, Marquis Hall will receive renovations and updates to make the building more efficient and better accommodate the UNT International Program.

Associate vice president of facilities David Reynolds said the building’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing and air conditioning systems will be upgraded and workers will abate asbestos. The building’s interior will be converted from offices into rooms for the International program.

“It’s mostly internal,” Reynolds said. “There will be just a tiny bit of exterior work.”

Vice chancellor of planning and construction James Maguire said the Board of Regents approved a budget of no more than $7 million for the project, which is scheduled to be completed September 2015. He said that while his department oversees large construction projects, this one was campus-driven.

Marquis Hall was a residence hall from when it was built in 1935 to 1969, when it was converted into office space with heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The building has not been renovated since then, and the systems have not been upgraded.

“Construction will start some time during the next 30 days. The building is vacant as of this week,” Reynolds said.

UNT International includes several programs, such as Study Abroad, The Intensive English Language Institute, and International Student and Scholar Services.

Alissa Flores, an accountant in the UNT International vice provost’s office, said the department was excited for the move. Currently, the entire International department, from the provost’s office to recruiting, is housed on the second floor of Sycamore Hall. But Flores said they would soon have all three floors of Marquis Hall to spread out in.

When asked how they fit on one floor, Flores just said, “cozily.”

Marquis Hall housed UNT’s Human Resources department up until last Wednesday, when the department finished moving to the third floor of the Hurley administration building.

HR project manager Lisa Barringer said the move was scheduled for Aug. 11, but was postponed until Aug. 28 when asbestos was discovered during renovations. She said the move went smoothly, nonetheless.

“It’s been a domino move,” Reynolds said. “We had to get spaces around the campus prepared so that there’s room when we move everybody out of Marquis.”

Reynolds said finding a place for each department efficiently was also a concern.

“We’ve been doing that for the last few months while we were simultaneously working on the design and the renovation and the new air conditioning and heating systems and those things that will be going in there,” Reynolds said.

Featured Image: The third floor of the Hurley Administration building is renovated while UNT’s Human Resources department moves in from Marquis Hall, which is also due for construction. Photo by Kelsey Littlefield – Staff Photographer

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