UGA announces $20 million dorm renovations after reports of mold – WSB-TV Channel 2
ATHENS — Days after Channel 2 Action News reported that University of Georgia students were concerned about mold in their aging dorms, the university announced a $20 million deep cleaning and renovation plan .
Channel 2’s Elizabeth Rawlins spoke to several students about issues with the HVAC system in the 60-year-old community of Hill. Some students have complained of chronic sore throats and other respiratory problems. One mother even documented mold in some of the air filters in a dorm.
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On Monday, UGA officials said the university will complete an intensive cleaning and maintenance initiative at several halls, including the Hill and Creswell communities, over the winter break.
“In addition, university officials are close to finalizing a plan, which has been in the works since late summer, to allocate $20 million to renovate five freshman residence halls by 2025,” officials said.
The initiative will focus on five four-story buildings, Boggs, Church, Hill, Mell and Lipscomb, which were built in 1961 and house around 160 students in double occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms.
The five four-story buildings on the list – Boggs, Church, Hill, Mell and Lipscomb – were originally built in 1961 and currently house around 160 students each in double occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms.
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UGA officials said they would proceed with the deep cleaning in response to feedback from residents and parents. The plan includes replacing air filters, deep cleaning carpets, kitchens and window air conditioners, replacing some older air conditioning units, replacing toilet valves at Oglethorpe House and cleaning ventilators. convectors at Hill and Morris Halls.
“The health, safety, and well-being of our students is always the top priority at the University of Georgia, and that extends to the residential communities our students call home while on campus,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “We’re proud of the investments we’ve made since 2013 in a number of facilities to make UGA’s residential communities even better places for our students to live and learn.”
Details of Hill’s community renovation plans will be announced in the spring.
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