“I hope the construction will be a little less noisy from now on,” said Worth Hills resident Lauren Woodstra. “My window faces the construction and I can hear everything in the mornings.”
The next phase of the project will be centered on building dry-in, which helps protect the interior of the building from weather conditions. Workers will then be able to install permanent power to the building.
“In the next few weeks, students will begin to notice the residence hall taking shape,” said Todd Waldvogel, associate vice chancellor for Facilities & Campus Planning.
The new residence hall will have different features that will set it apart from current residence halls, according to Craig Allen, director of Housing & Residence Life.
“We have done some different things with the elevations of the roof, so it will have a little bit of a different look to it,” said Allen.
Waldvogel said the project will be operating under a more conventional, 12-hour schedule of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Workers will not start noisy construction until approximately 7 a.m.
The construction site is adjacent to Hays Hall and the block of fraternity and sorority buildings on the southeast end of the Greek Village. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life is giving foam noise-blocking earplugs to students living in Worth Hills who are concerned with the construction project’s level of noise in the morning.
The new residence hall will add 300 beds to TCU’s growing campus. It will house upper-division students and the floor plan is similar to Marion Hall and Hays Hall with suite-style rooms. There will also be large study rooms and lounges similar to the ones in first-year residence hall Milton Daniel Hall.
Despite the amount of rain in the first two months of the semester, the project is still expected to be completed on time and will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2019.