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Work began this week on a $40,000 project to renovate the Hillel House. Used for Jewish religious, cultural, and social activities by the Hillel Society, the building is owned by the college and located on the corner of McCartney Street and Clinton Terrace.

One of the major changes will be rearrangement and enhancement of the kitchen. “It’s old and not well laid out for preparing meals for a group of people,” notes William Stank, assistant director and architect of plant operations. “We will rearrange it and add equipment. There will be two ovens instead of one, and we’ll add a countertop that three people could sit at for breakfast or a snack.”

The width of the archways between main rooms – the lobby, dining room, and living room – will be opened up to provide more flexibility for hosting various functions. In addition, new lighting will be installed and the hardwood floors will be refinished.

Work is expected to take four to six weeks. It should be finished before school starts, notes Stank.

Lafayette also is studying the possibility of an addition to the building, he adds.

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