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College Renovates Stevens Hall

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Williston State College has been under constant renovation for the past couple years. The newest building to be renovated is Stevens Hall.

The Stevens Hall project was started four-months-ago and a lot has already been done.

"The project really started for the campus with moving a lot of people out of this space," says the vice president of business services for the college James Foertsch.  "We did that predominately in November and December of last year. Infest is abatement, it began in February, and took pretty much the entire month of February. Full demo work began in March."

Foertsch is overseeing the Stevens Hall project. And says the construction is going faster than expected.

"To a large extent it's going to serve the same purposes, but it's going to serve them better," he says. "We're still going to move the bookstore and cafeteria in this space. We're creating a new space for student services. We're adding additional classroom space. One of the things you're going to see is that we're going to be using the space better."

Foertsch says that the original building was built to function for the '60s, and now the school is getting an opportunity to get it renovated to be able to function for today.

"We will be offering tours to our facility for our staff to the general community. Anyone who wants to see what's going on here, and certainly the students," says the Williston College's director of marketing Kayla McKeil. "We want them to be able to take a look and see what's happening, and what sort of things they might be coming back to in the fall."

McKeil says that the students don't really know how much progress they have made so far, but if they did they would be surprised.

"I think students will be blown away by even what it looks like," she says. "Without the context of classrooms and furniture and other things that were occupying this space. You can't even believe that was where your classroom once was."

The same thing could be said throughout the building because it is completely empty. McKeil says the facility will also be used for academic support and business administration.

The college expects to have students in the building by Spring of 2015.

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