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  • Dorm development: Dellinger Hall renovation to provide comfort and efficiency

  • Dellinger Hall is in a state of transition, with crews gutting and completely refurbishing the dorm facility. This is the fifth summer of dorm renovation work at Pittsburg State University, and Dellinger is being updated with new finishings, furnishings, wiring, plumbing and more.

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  • Dellinger Hall is in a state of transition, with crews gutting and completely refurbishing the dorm facility.
    This is the fifth summer of dorm renovation work at Pittsburg State University, and Dellinger is being updated with new finishings, furnishings, wiring, plumbing and more.
    “This is the first major renovation of the facility since it was constructed in the 1960s,” said Lindell Haverstiz, project architect in PSU’s facilities planning department.
    The building originally was built in 1965, or 48 years ago, and many of its touches, including orangish-brown tile, blue and white walls and other finishes, showed the building’s age.
    Additionally, it was time for new technology within the walls and inner workings.
    Haverstiz said all-new electrical switchgears, new energy-efficient mechanical units, energy-efficient lighting, new windows, new doors, ADA-compliant bathrooms and a sprinkler system all help bring the building up to current codes and fulfill the university’s commitment to sustainable construction.
    “We’re trying to bring all the university housing up to a certain standard,” Haverstiz said. “The overall focus is to make sure the students have a safe and pleasant environment.”
    The renovations will help make the rooms more comfortable and functional for the students living there, with modular furnishings, including new wardrobes, dressers and beds.
    One major change since Dellinger Hall’s original era of construction is the use of computers, cell phones and other electronic gadgets. Haverstiz said that was taken into consideration in the project’s planning.
    “University housing had been providing additional power over time,” Haverstiz said. “It met the needs, but it was certainly at capacity.”
    “This should take care of the students’ needs for at least 50 years,” Haverstiz said, adding that university housing has consulted with other housing agencies to assess future needs while designing the update.
    He said residential sleep rooms have additional power receptacles and wi-fi as part of the construction project.
    Ryan Perkins, superintendent of the project for contractor J.E. Dunn, summed up the renovation as a total overhaul.
    “The only thing that isn’t new are the walls between the rooms,” Perkins said.
    Everything also is being done solely through the summer season, putting it on a tight timeline of 90 days. J.E. Dunn will turn the building back over to the university on Aug. 9, two days prior to some of the early arrival move-in dates.
    The project began with two weeks of demolition and the remodeled look is taking shape in the upper floors, which are being done first and quickly moving toward completion.
    The mostly completed dorm rooms feature a hardwood grain laminate flooring, neutral tan walls and some extra space beyond what was available in the past.
    Each renovated restroom will offer six sinks, four toilets and four showers, and additional unisex ADA-accessible single restrooms also are available.
    Page 2 of 2 - This marks the fifth year of housing renovations for Pittsburg State University’s University Housing office, which began its dorm renovations with Bowen in 2009 and continued on to Trout in ‘10, Tanner in ‘11, Tanner Annex in ‘12 and now Dellinger this summer.
    Next summer, Nation and the Mitchell Annex facilities will be renovated, completing the six-year project.

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