Butts Construction Report: Former COL, CRC Get Dormified

New dorm rooms also means more triples. But ResLife isn’t calling them “forced triples.”

If you live on Lawn, you can probably hear the power saws from your room. If you don’t, here’s the tip: a whole lot of construction is happening in the Butts. Now that the Career Resource Center and COL/Art History departments have vacated the Butts in favor of 41 Wyllys, ResLife has taken the initiative to snatch up the former office space and build some new dorm rooms.

Here’s the lowdown: there will be new dorm rooms for 92 students. Hallways will become common areas. Each of the Butts will have its own laundry room (no more lugging all your clothes to the Butt B basement). As the Argus reported earlier this semester,

The additional dormitory space is part of a larger plan to increase the student population by 120 undergrads, which the University has been pursuing by increasing acceptances by 30 students each year for the past three years. This goal will be accomplished with the admittance of the class of 2016, and the construction in the Butterfields will help to alleviate the increase in triples in other dorms.

Buckle in, 2016—you’re going to be the biggest class yet another big class, and a whole lot of you will be in triples. You won’t be getting compensated for it, either. As Director of ResLife Fran Koerting explained to me via email, the new triples in the Butts will be sized specifically for the purpose. Consequently, “students in triples will no longer receive a discount nor a point adjustment now that we are able to use rooms that are larger than a traditional double.” Current triple-dwellers: any thoughts on the matter? Since only eight of the new dorm rooms are triples, there’s no word on how this policy will affect frosh assigned to less luxurious triples. (Edit: Fran writes in to clarify: “The other 22 rooms we will be using are triples we have used in the past that are larger than traditional doubles, such as the larger corner rooms in Clark and the triple in Westco, as well as the larger triples we have used in Butterfield.”)

Click past the jump for a brief interview with Koerting about the construction and a gallery of the construction site.

What is the nature of the renovations in the Butts?

The Butterfield renovations involve all the office and classroom space that has been vacated, as well as the current lounges.  Each of the current “walk throughs” is being enclosed and converted into the new common areas, including a kitchen, laundry, study rooms, game room, and social lounges.

How many new dorm rooms will be built?

Ninety-two additional beds are being built in the vacated office and lounge spaces, including a mixture of singles, double, and large triples, and creating more “all first-year” housing locations to complement Fauver and Clark.  These additional bedrooms will be air-conditioned, although we are not able to air-condition the remainder of the buildings.

New bedrooms are being built where the lounges previously existed, and the new ones are being built in the “walk through” areas, which will be enclosed.  The majority of Butterfield will still be mixed housing, with the exception of the new beds being built, which are first-year housing, and the third floor of Butterfield B, which will only house sophomores.

Will this alleviate the number of “forced triples” for incoming freshmen?

We plan on using 30 triple rooms each year for first year students, but thanks to the renovations, all rooms to be used in the future will be larger than a traditional double room, so we will no longer be calling them “forced triples.”  The renovations will be completed in time for the arrival of the first-year students in August.

Why not call them “forced triples”? How are they different?

We never used the term “forced triples” but rather temporary triples, since they were double rooms being temporarily used as triples.  Now that all our triples are larger than a traditional double room, that term no longer applies.  Eight of the new rooms being built are triples.  Some first year students who request doubles also end up in singles and we don’t call them “forced singles.”  We ask students if they prefer a single, double, or triple and try to meet their request as best we can, based on availability.  We have had a number of students request triples in the past.

So will members of the Class of 2016 still receive monetary compensation or point bumps for being placed in triples?

Students in triples will no longer receive a discount nor a point adjustment now that we are able to use rooms that are larger than a traditional double.

Anything else worth mentioning?

Separate from the renovations, but located in the Butterfields, will be a new Green Hall theme floor for first-year students, which will focus on issues of sustainability. Detailed plans for all the renovations are available here.

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3 thoughts on “Butts Construction Report: Former COL, CRC Get Dormified

  1. Augustus

    The last vestige of the living academic community planned by Butterfield is now gone.

  2. recent alum

    the class of 2016 won’t be any bigger – 745 is still the target. the increase per year is rather having 745 for each class. the previous target was 715, so by having 4 x 745 instead of 4 x 715, you get a 30 student bump each year for four years, until you have all four classes at the 745 size. except for 2015 of course. 808 (or whatever it is) was unexpected. 

    but most of the students in triples next year will be in these new larger triples… most of the students who otherwise would be in small triples will be spread through the new rooms… good stuff…

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