Natalie McKerjee, Senior Staff Writer

Seniors Sam Ritcher and Harrison King eat lunch in an Elliott Hall room. (SAMANTHA LUDINGTON | The Miami Student)

Housing Dining and Guest Services (HDGS) will renovate Miami University’s oldest residence halls, Stoddard and Elliott, in an effort to rejuvenate student housing.

According to Craig Berger, graduate resident director of the Scholar Leader program at Miami, the primary focus of the renovation is to update and enhance the basic auxiliaries within the buildings.

“I believe the main focus of the renovation is to update the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems and comply with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations,” Berger said. “Fire sprinklers are also being added.”

Berger said HDGS plans to improve social spaces for residents, which he believes is much needed.

Larry Fink, assistant vice president of housing and auxiliaries, said Stoddard and Elliott were chosen to be renovated primarily because of their size.

“We chose those halls primarily because they are small and can be successfully renovated in a very short window of time,” Fink said.

The summer renovations are part of a larger plan Fink said will take place in summer 2011, and will include a number of residence halls on Miami’s campus.

According to Fink, students who reside in Elliott and Stoddard halls next semester can expect to have all new mechanical systems. New systems will include air conditioning and fire sprinklers, as well as new furniture, windows, a comprehensive renovation of bathrooms and other structural and mechanical upgrades.

Berger praised the timing of the renovations. He said because renovations are set for the summer, there should not be any issues with student traffic.

“I do not consider the renovation to be inconvenient mainly because the work will be done over the summer when students are not typically living in the building,” he said.

According to Fink, construction is planned to begin the Monday after graduation, though certain areas of work may have to occur sooner in preparation.