By Molly Igoe
Construction on Corsica Hall and the new academic building on Washington Avenue is on schedule, and the construction teams are making progress at both sites.
Corsica Hall is expected to be completed by July 1 of next year, and the academic building should be done by June 1 of next year. By December, they should be “closed in” so weather will not impact the work on the outside, and the exterior will be finished so that construction crews can start focusing on the interior. Both buildings will be ready for the Fall 2016 academic year.
The Cullen dorms, which include Wicomico and Somerset, will be taken offline for the next academic year. Reid Raudenbush, director of the physical plant at Washington College, said that they are going to update the wiring, the plumbing, and they will add a central air conditioning and heating unit.
Corsica will have three floors and house 112 beds just like the other two river dorms, Chester and Sassafras. Unlike Chester and Sassafras, the common rooms on each floor will be in the center of the hall, instead of on the side, and so will the elevator.
Raudenbush gave The Elm a look around Corsica Hall’s constuction site. The exterior of the building is almost complete, and the construction crew was just starting to lay bricks down on some parts of the exterior.
Another unique aspect of Corsica is that some rooms will be “Jack and Jill” suites, which just means that there will be two doubles, with the bathroom in between the two rooms. Other rooms will be identical to the suite style rooms in Chester and
Sassafras, with a separate sink, toilet, and shower shared by everyone.
On the tour, Raudenbush pointed out the third floor common room’s high ceilings along the addition of a skylight, which he said will make the room airy and light, perfect for studying.
Students at WC can look forward to the new dorm building by next year, which will improve living conditions for many, and a new academic building to attend classes in.