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Fourth floor renovations near

By Kevin Frisch

Plans are being made for the renovation the fourth floor of the Julius A. Stratton Student Center, with actual work scheduled to begin in the summer of 1992.

All the other floors on the Student Center have been renovated, and many students and administrators feel it is time for the fourth floor to receive its facelift as well.

"The rest of the Student Center looks very nice. . . . People feel that the fourth floor is sort of an embarrassment," said Andrew P. Strehle '91, chair of the Client Group for the Renovation of the Fourth Floor of the Student Center.

Two types of problems with the fourth floor will be addressed by the renovation. There are the structural and physical problems, such as the air conditioning, ventilation, heating, lighting and paint. Strehle said structural changes will include improving the layout of Room 401, a conference room, "cheering up the corridors," and redoing the bathrooms.

The second aspect of the renovations will involve a reallocation of space. This will include not only shuffling around the office spaces of the current student activities on the floor, but giving other activities space on the floor. There are currently about 200 activities registered with the Association of Student Activities.

"There are many more big groups than there used to be . . . especially [since] graduate activities have gotten much larger, Strehle said. "Things should be evened out."

One of the more popular ideas for the renovation is splitting up Room 491, a large room on the floor, into many small offices using dividers, with a central meeting area. "A lot of people come up with this idea on their own, and are enthusiastic when they hear other people thought of it too," Strehle said.

This renovation, in addition

to making more efficient use of other common space, could allow as many as 20 additional activities onto the floor, bringing the total to about 50, Strehle said.

The cost of the renovation

was estimated in 1989 at about $115,000. Some of the major expenses include $18,000 for furnishings, $14,000 for painting, $10,000 for heating ventilation and air conditioning, $7000 for lights, and $7000 for the proposed partitions for Room 491.

Student activity groups

submit "wish lists"

The original renovation plan only took into account physical improvements, and had that remained the only goal, the renovations would have already begun. But some students pointed out that a reallocation of space was in order. The renovations were consequently delayed, and the client group was formed to address the issue.

The client group sent all ASA-member activities "wish lists" which asked them to describe their space needs.

These lists are to be returned to the client group by the end of this month. An open forum will be held in early December, at which all interested groups can voice their concerns and needs.

Meanwhile, the ASA, the group actually responsible for allocating space to student activities, will be distributing its own space request form to student groups. These forms will require more detailed responses from the activities, and will be a major factor in the ASA's decision on the allocation of space.

The ASA's allocation -- which will begin at the end of this term and continue next term -- will be based on three factors: first, how much a given activity needs space to fulfill its purpose; second, how many students are involved in the activity, with more popular groups given priority; and finally, whether the activity's space must be in the Student Center, rather than another place on campus, like Walker Memorial.

The ASA may determine that some groups with similar interests are compatible, and ask them to share space. This might include sharing office space, as well as sharing adjunct space, such as darkrooms.

If groups are unhappy with the ASA's decisions, they may appeal, Strehle said.

Once the ASA determines the allocation of spaces, the client group wish lists will come into play. The client group will work closely with the activities, or

the "demand side," Strehle said, while the ASA will focus upon the allocation of space, or the "supply side."

The client group will determine details such as how many desks and phones each group can have. It will also address more general issues like lighting and security.

Strehle said an architect will also be hired in order to "do this right."

"We don't want this to be one of those arbitrary processes," said Susanna C. Hinds, director of campus activities and a member of the client group. "We are interested in working closely with the student groups."