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Renovation and enhancements of Kirby House are expected to wrap up in December, according to Bruce Ferretti, director of physical planning and plant operations.

The $4 million project, which began in May shortly after Commencement, will bring the residence hall back on line for students in the spring semester of 2002.

The task list includes installation of air conditioning, data cables, and electrical wiring; renovation of bathrooms and interior finishes, including walls, ceilings, floors; installation of the most recent, code compliant fire detection equipment and sprinklers; and masonry repair, repointing, and cleaning of the clock tower, along with reconstruction of its decorative railing.

The work is part of an overall project that will bring all residence halls as close as possible to the standard of Keefe Hall. Work continues on the $4.7 million modernization of South College, Lafayette’s largest residence hall. Renovations on the east wing were finished in the spring. The west wing, which will be renamed Jesser Hall, will be finished in August to make the entire dormitory ready for students.

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