Under Construction - Mid Quad
The Mid Quad - A Collaborative Project
The Mid Quad consists of six dormitories: Phillips, Beckett, Berger, Benson, Crown, and Marks Halls. The award winning Crown Hall was completed in 2009, but the other five were constructed in 1950s and 1960s and due for their first major renovations.
CMC students worked closely with Pfeiffer Partners to come up with plans that would appeal to their peers. That student input came as a result of a focus group called "The Mid Quad Renovation Committee," comprising CMC students (including Resident Assistants) who have lived in the residence halls and ASCMC representatives. The group convened several meetings to gather input and then met with the architects, as well as with some deans and other facilities managers. Topics that the students discussed included the need for increased study and social spaces, and interior design schemes that feature a different theme color in each dorm.
Consisting of a three phase project completed over three years, approximately $42 million will be spent on the renovation of and additions to these five dorms. In the first phase, Phillips, Beckett, and Berger Halls were renovated Summer 2013, with a Beckett addition to be completed in early 2014. For the second phase, renovation of Benson and Marks Halls will follow Summer 2014, with a Marks addition and a Berger/Benson Annex to be completed in early 2015. A final third phase will be completed during Summer 2015 and will focus on landscape, hardscape, and exterior lighting within and around the Mid Quad.
The interior renovation includes the addition of air conditioning and a complete overhaul of the interiors, with a redesign of the bathrooms and laundry rooms, and new flooring, window coverings, wall coverings, hydration stations, doors, and lighting. Study and social lounges will be added and/or upgraded in each dorm, including new furniture and AV equipment. In addition, building exteriors will be upgraded with new windows, trellises, entry and exterior treatments, lighting and signage. The Ryal Residential Computer Lab located in Phillips Hall and finished in 2008 continues to be available to all students 24/7, music practices/rehearsal space is being added to Marks Hall, and a demonstration kitchen to the Berger/Benson Annex. The final step will be the redesign of the Mid Quad landscape and hardscape, with the architectural and planning firm Moore Ruble Yudell hired for this work after successfully completing the North Mall and Flamson Plaza renovation Summer 2012 and creating the CMC Master Plan in 2011.
All of the dormitories are being updated to meet ADA requirements, including the installation of elevators. True to the Campus Master Plan focus on sustainability, the renovated dormitories have been designed to receive a LEED Silver designation and include multiple environmentally friendly features, including new insulation, water saving plumbing fixtures, low VOC interior finishes, and LED light fixtures. Finally, the radiant HVAC system will be supplied by the new energy efficient South Campus Central plant that will also serve the future LEED Gold Roberts Pavilion.