Dorm Remodel Improves Space, Preserves History
Evans Hall, one of Carleton College’s oldest residence halls, was constructed in 1927. The goal of this project was to improve the functionality, conditions, and amenities within this residence while preserving the building’s historical character and nature.Numerous mechanical, electrical, and life safety improvements were made in addition to the facade repairs and window replacements, including the addition of a new fire protection system and fire alarm system upgrade.Spaces were reconfigured to increase the number of students able to be housed in the facility by more than 35 percent. Ventilation system improvements were made to upgrade the indoor air quality, including the addition of a two dedicated outdoor air units with heat recovery.Building heating systems were converted from steam radiation to individually controlled modern hot water heating radiators. The domestic hot water heating system was replaced, and toilet room facilities were completely upgraded with water conserving fixtures. Electric and lighting systems within the building were completely replaced which improved lighting levels and reduced energy consumption. The building was also connected to the campus emergency backup power system. The team successfully maintained the building’s character while carefully coordinating the systems within its restricted confines.The renovation of Evans Hall at Carleton College was recognized by Finance & Commerce as a Top Project of 2012.
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