Morrison Hall is undergoing a major renovation for the first time since it was built in 1949.
Most noticeable is the lobby area on the first floor, which is being extended to double its current size. It will have accessible restrooms and a kitchenette. Rooms are also being renovated with new furniture and finishes. The layout of each room will mostly stay the same, however. The entire building will get a new fresh air system and new lighting, power, heating and cooling. Hallways will all be newly carpeted.
The restrooms on each floor are being renovated with tiling and new showers. Additionally, each floor will have a stall shower. "The tile bathrooms are different from the old ones. We hope the girls will really love them," said Joyce Jones-Myers, on-site project manager.
Each room has been equipped with vinyl hardwood flooring, new furniture, individual heating and air conditioning units and a fresh coat of paint. "It's very neutral, very warm," said Jones. "It will look great with a fun area rug."
"That's more detail than I would have assumed," Brent Baker, vice president of Student Life, remarked about the furniture.
Students will be returning to campus in a couple weeks, and the renovations aren't all finished. However, Jones is confident that there is no need to worry: "We are going to be done in time."
Baker said, "We are very excited for the future women of Morrison Hall to live in a place that will be both rich in history and fully updated with new furniture, heat and air, finishes, expanded bathrooms and wireless internet. This much needed facelift will make Morrison a great place to live for many more generations of AU women."
On-site project manager, Joyce Jones-Myers said that the renovations will be finished in time for students to move back in, in the fall.
Morrison housed 183 women in mostly two-person rooms, with four- and six-person suites on the fourth floor. Capacity will increase by a couple of beds with the addition of several rooms to the basement level underneath the extended lobby.
Morrison Hall was constructed under the leadership of then Anderson College president Dr. John Morrison. The residence hall is located on the west end of campus between Myers Hall and Park Place Church of God.
--David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.