Renovation of Templin Hall into suites with large living spaces and more privacy sets a new standard for on-campus housing at KU.
Scott Travers of Tulsa, Okla., joined with 279 other Kansas University students last fall to christen the new, improved Templin Hall.
Suites created in Templin during a $4.6 million renovation permitted Travers to maintain an address in the heart of the university community but also enjoy a living arrangement that approximated an off-campus apartment.
"Students coming to the university today desire more space, privacy and convenience than students in the 1960s," said Ken Stoner, housing director.
Samples of student reaction:
- "Living in Templin has brought the world to me. I've met people from countries I didn't know existed, and now we're best friends."
- "You have to work really hard on my floor to be left out. People here are genuinely friendly."
There are more applicants for Templin than space allows, KU officials said. Interest is high, even though fees for Templin are comparable to those charged a student renting a single room in a traditional residence hall.
Stoner said reaction to Templin was positive enough to proceed with plans to devote $5 million toward renovation of Lewis Hall, which is also located on Daisy Hill. Lewis will be gutted and reconfigured into suites by mid-1999.
KU also intends to install suites in Ellsworth Hall. That $10.5 million project is scheduled to be completed in about three years.
Stoner said the prime attraction to these dormitories was the inclusion of private bathrooms and small dining areas with a sink and space for a microwave and refrigerator.
Templin's heating and cooling systems also were upgraded, lobbies were remodeled and windows replaced.
"The response was most positive," Stoner said. "The students very much liked it."
Stoner said every floor in Templin continued to administer its own programming budget and activities. The dorm floors had a unique identity and academic focus and honored an individual contribution or tradition of excellence at KU.
"Students felt there was good community," he said.
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