GREENSBORO — Renovations are set to begin this week on one of UNC-Greensboro’s oldest dorms.
Grogan Residence Hall, which opened in the early '60s, will be closed for a year for the work.
Sanford native Josh Fowler will be a freshman at UNG-G this fall and said he can't wait to check out his new dorm.
"I pretty much check the website every day for pictures to see what it's going to look like,” Fowler said. “I got into Grogan Residential College, which is in Reynolds this year because Grogan is under construction."
UNC-G leaders said the renovations are the building's first since it opened.
"This new building is going to get new HVAC and electrical systems, upgrades to bathrooms and just a general refurbishment of the building,” said Fred Patrick, director of Design and Construction at the university.
Patrick said it will be a new type of community, where living and learning take place under one roof.
"It will have a big enough seating area for 200 at one time,” Patrick said. “There will be some teaching that goes on there. I would anticipate that this will be booked continuously. There will be some offices with it."
Campus leaders are wrapping up construction on Reynolds Residence Hall so it can open this fall, as well as a completely renovated, state-of-the-art dining hall.
"That has been going on for over two years,” Patrick said. “It's a gorgeous building that is going to completely transform the dining hall experience. It's all open and airy. It should be a nice facelift."
It’s one that students like Fowler appreciate.
"It's a gorgeous campus," he said. “There are a lot of opportunities, especially for the arts. We just came from the athletic fields and I can't wait to see a few games."
Construction has also begun on a new on-campus police building and a new student recreation center.