By Caitlyn Maltese
Student Life Editor
Throughout the site, on a typical day, everyone is hard at work. Crew members lift gallons of paint through a window three stories up with a cherry picker, and workers forgo ladders for metal stilts that allow them to remain higher up.
The construction to Corsica Hall is on schedule and nearing an end. The building will be substantially complete by June 1.
Washington College’s newest dorm building will be online for the 2016-2017 school year. Corsica was included in this year’s room draw process and students have already been assigned to rooms in the building for the fall 2016 semester.
“The building is pretty far along. All the windows are done, all the masonry is done— virtually everything’s done. There’s some intake grills, but that’s about it for the exterior,” said Reid Raudenbush, director of physical plant.
There is not much more to be done on the exterior except for landscaping and dealing with the road. The plan is to repave the road in front of the building and create additional room at the end.
“We are going to put a T-shaped turnaround so that you can pull in, back out, and come out,” Raudenbush said.
The construction crew has been working their way up from the interior of the first floor to the third. Right now, almost everything is done. The walls are all up and the electrical and plumbing is complete.
The crew are putting in fixtures (sinks, toilets, showers, etc.) as well as the floor tiles. Inside the dorm rooms, students will have faux wooden floors. They are made to be as durable as the tiles in Chester and Sassafrass. They are about to install new laundry machines. They are upgrades from the others on campus and are modeled after ones in a laundromat.
The new dorm building means that students can be relocated from other dorms so that they may undergoe renovations. During the 2016-2017 school year, Kent House will be the first to undergo renovations. Originally, the plan was that the Cullen dorms (Worcester, Somerset, and Wicomico) would be renovated first.
“The Cullen dorms are a much larger project than we initially imaged… What we are going to do is defer that for a year and save up some money so that we can do that right,” Vice President of Finance and Administration Mark Hampton said.“We decided that we are going to go with Kent House first. There are more modest improvements that we can do in that. I think really raise the livability of that.”
The original plan for the Cullen dorms was to keep them separate. However, new associate Dean for Resident Life, Ursla Herz suggested to open them up as one larger residence hall. “This [delay] will give us a little bit of time to study that and make sure we are making the right decision in that regard,” said Hampton.
Additionally, the new academic building on 215 Washington Avenue will be completed within the month. This week, students may see landscapers placing and the finishing touches and planting trees.
The building will house the Anthropology department, the Environmental Science and Studies departments, and the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning. Professors have already been assigned new offices and are excited to move in mid to late June.

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