The Sellery Hall renovation project started about 1 ½ years ago when we kicked off the design phase. Although Witte was our basis of design for Sellery, the two halls are not the same, thus requiring discussion and implementation from the lessons learned at Witte while making adjustments for the building and schedule differences. With the design phase over, we are currently in the bidding phase of the project. Typically, this means we host a large meeting with the many potential contractors to discuss the project and tour folks around the building. However, with our current pandemic situation, this large meeting was not possible, so the project team quickly figured out how to make this a virtual event with filmed virtual tours of building. With those events now complete, we are awaiting the final bid numbers which are set to arrive in mid-June.
With summer underway, however, the Housing Facilities team is beginning their work to prepare for the upcoming Sellery Hall Renovation Project. These items range from moving around House Fellow room locations, setting up laundry facilities on the 1st floor for our residents, and even using a crane to place storage containers in strategic locations for Maintenance and Housekeeping operations. While taking into account the resident experience, we have moved The Studio Learning Community into Ogg Hall, which led us to create a brand-new Black Box theater, creative spaces, and a few offices. All of this and much more is being done with anticipation of the Sellery Hall contractors arriving on site mid-August to early-September. The bulk of the construction is projected to last until fall of 2023, however, we will likely have some wrap up items to complete after that date. This is an exciting time as we embark on another multi-year major renovation project, but this would not be possible without all of the teamwork from the various departments in University Housing. For that reason, we would like to thank you for your support, encouragement, and determination as we continue to forge ahead on this project together.