Cornell College is in the midst of a major renovation of four residence halls.

The $10 million, 15-month project involves 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. Work continues through August 2015.

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.

Renovation is on schedule to be completed in mid-August in both Tarr Hall and Dows Hall. Tarr will feature a performance area and Dows will offer 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, is being replaced. New energy efficient windows are being installed in student rooms, as well.