Construction crews renovate two old Maryville College buildings,

Construction crews renovate two old Maryville College buildings, remove asbestos

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Construction crews are filling Maryville College's campus, as they work to bring century-old buildings up to modern-day standards for students. Construction crews are filling Maryville College's campus, as they work to bring century-old buildings up to modern-day standards for students.
The sounds of hammering and drilling echo through Pearson Hall as crews transform the 104-year-old building into a fresh cafe-style dining hall. The sounds of hammering and drilling echo through Pearson Hall as crews transform the 104-year-old building into a fresh cafe-style dining hall.
Just down the road from Pearson Hall, chain link fences block off construction at Anderson Hall. Staff members say the nearly 150-year-old building didn't have central air and needed the renovation. Just down the road from Pearson Hall, chain link fences block off construction at Anderson Hall. Staff members say the nearly 150-year-old building didn't have central air and needed the renovation.
By SHELBY MILLER
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Construction crews are filling Maryville College's campus, as they work to bring century-old buildings up to modern-day standards for students.

However, renovating old buildings can bring about fresh challenges, including asbestos removal.

School may be out for summer, but at Maryville College construction crews have taken over the campus.

The sounds of hammering and drilling echo through Pearsons Hall as crews transform the 104-year-old building into a fresh cafe-style dining hall.

"The vision that they have, for now, will be kind of what has been quoted as an urban loft appeal, so some of the brick interior will be exposed," said Suzy Booker, who is Maryville College's Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Despite the heat, crews keep busy because hundreds of students will soon sit where bricks and studs now stand.

"We're really excited to see what that's going to look like when it opens," said Belinda Kenny, who is Maryville College's Director of Corporate Sales and Events.

Just down the road from Pearsons Hall, chain link fences block off construction at Anderson Hall. Staff members say the nearly 150-year-old building didn't have central air and needed the renovation. However, the already year-long construction has created a challenge.

"We've had to relocate all of the classes, of course, so we're using meeting rooms, which are typically used for outside groups and for special meetings," said Kenny.

Renovating more than 100-year-old old buildings frequently bring up potential problems, like asbestos, which crews found in both Anderson and Pearsons Hall. It's a common issue construction crews face, and one workers say licensed professionals quickly and cautiously took care of.

"I know all the safety precautions are being taken," Booker said.

Together the projects cost nearly $10 million. Staff members say they're excited for students to take advantage of the up-to-date facilities when they return this fall.     

Construction crews are on schedule to have Pearsons Hall completed before students return to campus. The college expects Anderson Hall to be finished by January, and they already scheduled classes there for the spring semester.
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