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Stella Hall renovations improve student experience

08.17.2015 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
The kitchen in the Stella common area got a full redo with new appliances, cabinets, flooring and a stone front.

The kitchen in the Stella common area got a full redo with new appliances, cabinets, flooring and a stone front.

Stella Hall's partial makeover during the summer is the first step in bringing the 1960s-era residence hall into the 21st century.

The faded, mustard-colored walls are now a fresh white, the 1960s-era bathrooms sport modern slate tile and brand new fixtures and the kitchen in the common area got a full redo with new appliances, cabinets, flooring and a stone front.

New ceiling tiles, LED lighting, window shades, plumbing, and electrical and ventilation systems throughout the building were also included in the $450,000 renovation. An additional $30,000 went toward new concrete walkways and landscaping around the building.

The hall will gain additional bed capacity in the space previously occupied by The Language Company, which is moving to the three renovated buildings that housed art classes.

Students will also appreciate the new pool table and décor provided by the Office of Residence Life in the common area.

A direct impact on students

Brian Franks, executive director of facilities development and operations, says that while many of the infrastructure improvements being made on campus, such as a new Central Power Plant system are not that visible, the changes to Stella Hall directly impact students.

"The students experience Stella on a daily basis, so we're very excited about what's going on there," he says, noting that the elevator and flooring are slated for replacement next summer and the furniture is slowly being replaced by Residence Life.

Students will also enjoy the revamped area next to the building that includes a new sand volleyball court, the fire pit funded by SGA last year and the basketball court, all lit by the new campus lighting. Nearby, a new intramural field will turn the area into a popular outdoor recreation spot.

The renovations to Stella Hall are just one piece of the massive campus plan to improve the student experience, which includes the recent $1.7 million renovation to Dora's Dining Hall. Both Armstrong Residence Halls were updated last year and West Village renovations will begin next summer.

It's all part of the 2020 Vision, the strategic plan that defines Texas Wesleyan's priorities and serves as a roadmap to educational excellence. 

Students play pool on the new table in Stella Hall.

The Stella common area now includes a pool table and other décor provided by the Office of Residence Life.

Stella Hall’s partial makeover during the summer is the first step in bringing the 1960s-era residence hall into the 21st century.

The restrooms and shower areas at Stella Hall were completely renovated this summer.

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