While the University will not conduct a major renovation on any college next year, University planners are still working on a number of residential college projects.
As plans for the Pierson College renovation continue to develop, Jonathan Edwards College, which is one of the last colleges due for renovation, will receive a minor renovation to its dining hall.
The architects for Pierson College, Kiren Timberlake Associates, have submitted a preliminary design plan, and University officials are pricing estimates of the various options available.
“We’re assembling a conceptual budget based on the preliminary [plans],” University Planner Pamela Delphenich said. “It’s an opinion of probable cost. It gives us a general indication.”
Once the planning office has finished compiling the figures, it will present a package to the administration.
“We haven’t made any specific decisions,” Delphenich said. “The package is being priced right now and over the next month, we’ll be taking it through the approval process.”
Although some believe the University budget will be tighter this year than in the recent past, Delphenich said there have been no compromises on quality. But she added that her office may face some tough fiscal decisions.
“We’ve been proceeding at an aggressive pace, and I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have to scrutinize the numbers more thoroughly,” Delphenich said.
The University continues to be pleased with the work of Kiren Timberlake, the architectural firm that also designed the Berkeley College renovation, Delphenich said.
While the University still has not even scheduled a renovation for Jonathan Edwards college, the dining hall will receive a minor renovation this summer.
The goal of the renovation is to change the layout of the dining hall to improve service.
“We’re in the planning process,” Dining Services Director David Davidson said. “It won’t be like a Saybrook [renovation]. The layout is not a good one. We are working with an architect there to see what we can do better.”
Jonathan Edwards Master Gary Haller said that there were “grander plans” that were scaled back once the University saw the price tag.
The wall near the conveyor belt will be taken down and new cooking devices will be installed, Haller added.