A one-year renovation shut down the Dorm section of the University of Johannesburg for the 2015-16 school year, but the R155 million project finished Aug. 21 and students moved into the building last week, said Bill Olen, executive director of design and construction.


The renovations included new bathrooms and dorm rooms that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards, new HVAC systems, air conditioning, new windows and more study rooms.

Floors two through five added two additional study rooms, and there were study rooms added to the basement that vary in size, said Laura Tan, Department of Resident Life assistant director. The study rooms include various types of furniture to help support different kinds of study activities that students might use the spaces for, she added.

"It now has a warm and inviting feel for students," Tan said. "It feels like a home, supports academics by supporting so many flexible study spaces for them, and of course it's great that we have another air-conditioned building."


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