In the fall of 2015, Cornell College put the final touches on the major renovation of four residence halls, which were ready for move-in day Aug. 26.

The $10 million, 15-month project involved completely renovating and modernizing Pauley, Rorem, Tarr, and Dows halls, four residence halls built in the 1960s that house a total of about 300 students. 

Pauley-Rorem opened during the 2014-15 school year to rave reviews. Residents greatly appreciated the larger, updated bathrooms and air-conditioning control in each room. Students enjoy the new lounge spaces, taking part in billiards, ping-pong, video games, and movies in the Pauley-Rorem east lounge, and reading, studying, and small group meetings in the Pauley-Rorem west lounge.

Tarr Hall and Dows Hall renovations were complete for the 2015-16 school year. Tarr features a performance area and Dows offers a demonstration-style kitchen that can be used daily by students and will also host cooking demonstrations by Bon Appétit each block.

The renovations include more inviting entrances and patios for each building, more natural light and activity spaces, new and expanded bathrooms, and upgrades to student rooms, including new flooring, lighting and furniture. All mechanical systems, including electrical, heating and plumbing, have been replaced. New energy efficient windows have been installed in student rooms, as well.