Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:44am

It's that time of year (in which I start out several posts with 'It's that time of year...') when the town begins to be once again flooded with people and cars, returning students, parents, futons, and hopes (we hope). Instead of showing a picture of a very congested Milledge Avenue during sorority rush, we'll preview some renovations to campus buildings that will soon re-open. The University Architects office does a great job keeping our facilities up to par, and for the Franklin College, that means some of the busiest sites on campus. Park Hall for example, is one of our most venerable buildings, an institution practically in its own right. Park Hall see such high volume of use throughout the year that it can be difficult to even schedule renovations there and hence, the building's infrastructure and appearance can suffer, affecting its functionality for the thousands of students who pass through its doors each day.

Over the summer, the HVAC in Park Hall received some long-needed attention. That, along with other updates, will greet students and faculty next week. Our thanks to the physical plant employees and sub-constractors that made all this work happen during the brief summer window. We look forward to being back in its halls once again and appreciate that, especially with some improvements we may not notice at first, it takes a great deal of planning and resources to keep our great buildings like Park Hall at the top of their game.

Image: Park Hall, earlier this summer, with works trucks just out of sight.