Originally constructed in 1938 as a women’s dorm and converted to an academic building in the 60s, Terrill Hall is currently undergoing an upgrade.
Construction on the building has already begun and is expected to be completed in early 2022. These renovations will be an important step in ensuring the comfort and safety of both students and faculty and will include replacing the heating and air conditioning system, updating the plumbing, wiring, and phone lines, and adding a fire sprinkler system. Work will also be done to replace flooring, ceiling and other structural needs. The primary aim of this project is to ensure this historic building will continue to serve students for years to come.
“It’s going to be a phased process over a period of time to allow the building to remain in use,” Scott Harris, Facilities Mechanical Engineer and the project manager.
Because the psychology department operates largely out of Terrill Hall through the use of classrooms, offices, and sleep clinics, the engineering team has divided the project into 5 separate phases to diminish the effects on students and faculty. Each phase corresponds to the temporary closure of a particular building floor beginning with the basement and ending with a final test of all the updated systems to ensure proper functionality. Phase one began over the winter break and is projected to last until the end of the spring semester. Phase two will end mid-summer, phase three before the start of the fall semester, phase four by the end of December, and phase five by March.
The historic building will be evaluated for outdated construction components, such as bathrooms that do not comply with the American Disabilities Act, and upgraded to modern standards. “It’s going to be a pretty extensive overhaul of the entire building,” Harris states. Although this project seeks to address almost every need for the building and will entail a large construction effort, the design has been reworked so as to deliberately conserve the surrounding historic oak trees. UNT’s dedication to environmental-friendly practices shines through in its effort to preserve such an important part of our campus’ natural heritage.
Although this project seeks to address almost every need for the building and will entail a large construction effort, the design has been reworked so as to deliberately conserve the surrounding historic oak trees. UNT’s dedication to environmental-friendly practices shines through in its effort to preserve such an important part of our campus’ natural heritage.
While there will be short-term impacts of partial building and parking lot closures , the long term effects of this project will achieve the ultimate goal of increasing the indoor air quality, providing a safer structure that will better serve our students with disabilities, and reducing energy through more effective and reliable electrical, plumbing, and temperature control systems. Harris concludes:
“Promoting safety is our number one priority and all construction efforts we undertake here at UNT are done with the end goal of enriching and encouraging the growth of our students and faculty alike.”
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