One look around campus and it’s beyond apparent that the residential side is flipped upside down. Due to the Campus Center being remodeled, many of its different offices and facilities have been relocated to various buildings.
The construction has taken a toll on different students. Whether it is the sound of heavy machinery acting as student alarm clocks early in the morning, or being a few minutes late to work or class because of taking a new route, the construction affects everyone on campus.
Students around Castleton tend to agree on one thing: construction sucks.
“I think the construction is annoying, having to go around certain roads at certain times,” CSC senior Carrie Olore said. “But in the long run, I think the updated Campus Center will be beneficial to the campus as it grows.”
Castleton Dean of Students Greg Stone, who is the go-to man concerning construction, realizes that this is a big annoyance to everyone.
“I really do understand that it is inconvenient and frustrating,” Stone said. “But I want students to look at the big picture and realize the outcome. It is going to be spectacular.”
As well as Fireside being relocated to Huden Dining Hall, renamed by students as “Hudenside,” Castleton Hall has become the home to a handful of other offices.
Residence Life, Student Life, and Career Development all have moved to Castleton 106. Haskell Hall has welcomed the Student Government and Student Activities to their building. The Mail Room is located in the basement of Adams Hall, the College Store occupies a trailer in the Jeffords Parking Lot, and the Soundings office has been moved to the library.
There are also some big downfalls of these moves.
“There is a lot less student foot traffic that travels through these offices. I miss that,” said Castleton Director of Career Development Judith Carruthers. “But it is a beautiful office.”
Carruther’s new office is equipped with a comfortable lounge chair with pillows to match, as well as many salt crystals all around her room. Making the dorm room mesh into an office was no challenge for Carruthers.
“Stop by and see us. Generally people do find us when they need to find us,” Stone said. “If anyone has a complaint, just come complain to me.”
Construction is expected to be completed by mid-summer 2009 and ready for the opening of the Fall 2009 semester.