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Watterson Towers project completion celebrated

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 15:21:50 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

Illinois State University is celebrating the end of a two year $24.4 million construction project at the Watterson Towers residence hall. ISU did put a fresh coat of sealant paint on the four decade old high rise. But, Housing Director Maureen Blair says workers also gutted and remodeled bathrooms.

   
"The bathrooms used to have lockers in them. Students weren't using those. So we pulled the lockers out, created more space, and added outlets for more hair dryers and curling irons, and all those kinds of things in the restrooms."

Other features include a face lift in the lobby, repaired leaks inside and outside the building, and added overhead lighting and wireless internet access in dorm rooms. The University also replaced all the furniture on each floor. Student fees paid for the work. Blair says the next priority is deciding what to do with the south campus area.

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