About 50 Kansas University students will have a special new year present when they come back to school: their newly remodeled home away from home.
Renovation of Pearson Scholarship Hall, which has been under way since May, was completed last week.
The scholarship hall's residents, who have been living in Joseph R. Pearson Residence Hall, should be able to move back into their building during the first week of the spring semester, said Ken Stoner, director of student housing.
"They were very excited," he said.
The $467,000 scholarship hall project included a complete renovation of the walls, plumbing and electrical equipment in the basement and first floor, and all bathrooms, Stoner said. The building has three floors and a basement.
As part of the renovation, the building was made handicapped-accessible, and air-conditioning was added to the basement and first floor, he said.
MBE Services of Fort Worth, Tex., completed the project.
The renovation originally was scheduled to be completed by August, but the initial contractor, Metro Construction of Kansas City, Mo., did not complete the work by then because of a contract dispute, Stoner said.
Metro's contract later was discontinued and MBE Services was hired to finish the project, he said.