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‘Tis the season for housing selection. After finally deciding who you want to room with next year, you and your group are probably compiling a checklist of all of the things you want in a living space. It might be a specific social scene or location, or renovated facilities. Your group may want to live in a modern NYC high-rise or a more classic, trashy college dorm. Here is an updated list of recent dorm renovations and future projects at Columbia to help your group decide.

Broadway Hall:

2016 Updates:

- Addition of a fitness room to the fourth floor

- Addition of new furniture to the first floor lounge

2017 Updates:

- Replacement of desk chairs with new rolling chairs

Carlton Arms:

2017 Updates:

- Addition of a fitness room to the 10th floor

Carman Hall:

2017 and 2018 Updates:

Renovations on floors seven to 13 including:

- New floor lounges

- A handicap-accessible room and a 10-person suite on each floor

- New bathrooms, furniture, lighting, and flooring

- New fan coils and outlets with USB plugs

- Wireless door locks

- Updated floor appearance

Summer of 2019:

Same renovations for floors M-6 as floors seven to13 with the addition of:

- 6-person suites on floors two to five and a 10-person suite on floor six

- New water stations

East Campus:

2016 and 2017 Updates:

- 50 suites in townhouses renovated to include kitchens, new cabinets, flooring, lighting, new bathroom finishes, flooring, and furniture

Summer of 2019:

- Installation of electric ovens and stoves

- Replacement of roofs for the townhouses and high-rises

- Improved heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

Furnald Hall:

2016 Updates:

- Upgraded north elevator

2017 Updates:

- New south elevator

Hogan Hall:

2010 and 2011 Updates:

- New flooring, paint, furniture, and kitchen appliances throughout the building

- Six-person suite with own bathroom added to the seventh floor

- Upgraded laundry room with new equipment

- Rooms fitted with new electronic locks

John Jay Hall:

2014-2016 Updates:

Major renovations include:

- Renovated seven single-use bathrooms with one accessible bathroom on every floor

- New accessible bathroom in building lobby

- New electronic locks for all rooms

- New furniture, LED lighting, paint, and flooring throughout the building

- Renovated recycling stations and containers throughout the building

2017 Updates:

- Fresh painting of the main lounge

McBain Hall:

2014-2016 Updates:

Major building-wide renovation on floors two to eight including but not limited to:

- New single-use bathrooms and a handicap-accessible bathroom per floor

- New lounges with updated appliances, fixtures, and furniture

- New flooring throughout the building

- New electronic locks for rooms

- Updated recycling stations and containers

- Relocation and renovation of the fitness room to the fourth floor

- Relocation and installation of group study spaces to the first floor

2017 Updates:

- New room furniture

Ruggles Hall:

2016 and 2017 Updates:

- A convenience ramp installed by the entrance

- New windows, rolling desk chairs, and electric stoves added throughout the building

2018 Updates:

- Installation of new entry doors

Schapiro Hall:

2017 Updates:

- Desk chairs replaced with rolling chairs

Wallach Hall:

2012-2013 Updates:

Major building renovation including:

- On floors three to eight, new flooring and lighting, unisex private bathrooms, and kitchen lounges

- Renovation of the main floor with the addition of a handicap-accessible bathroom

- New electronic locks for all rooms

Wien Hall:

2016-2018 Updates:

Major renovations were done on floors three to nine including:

- New flooring in singles

- New vanities, sinks, mirrors, and radiators

- Renovated lounges

- Improved entrance lighting

- The addition of new furniture including rolling desk chairs

Coming 2019:

- Same renovations to floors 10 to 12 as those completed on floors three to nine

Woodbridge Hall:

2013 Updates:

- New furniture added throughout building

- The first floor lobby renovated with:

-New paint and upgraded lighting

-Addition of accessible bathroom and fitness room

600 West 113th St., known as Nussbaum:

2017 Updates:

- Replacement of one elevator

Even if having a renovated dorm isn’t your top priority, having a comfortable living space to come home to will definitely make your busy college life a little easier.

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