With Schallenkamp Hall work ending, ESU turns attention to Abigail Morse renovations Featured

Sidewalk installation is among the last major steps before Schallenkamp Hall opens to Emporia State University students this fall. Sidewalk installation is among the last major steps before Schallenkamp Hall opens to Emporia State University students this fall. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Emporia State University is now moving into the second and final phase of its current housing master plan.


Schallenkamp Hall has been under construction for over a year and is rounding into shape before it opens to students in August. On KVOE's most recent ESU Buzz with President Allison Garrett, Director of Residence Life Cass Coughlin said construction is on track to open up the building before the fall semester begins.

Attention now turns to the Morse Hall complex, which will have a total renovation of Abigail Morse, the complete demolition of Northeast Morse and the partial demolition of Central Morse. Coughlin says demolition will start soon.

Originally, the campus master plan called for the entire Morse complex to be removed and turned either into green space or academic space. However, college administrators looked at the significance of Abigail Morse -- the university's oldest residence hall -- and decided on a combination of new construction, renovation and demolition.

Construction has been funded by housing contract fees. Coughlin says student input has been a key component of this work, which had planning begin in 2010.

Coughlin says ESU will recycle and "upcycle" as many materials as possible as the Morse Hall process begins. Area nonprofits will then have a chance to remove any materials they can use. Nonprofit partners:

*Camp Wood
*Emporia Rescue Mission, Abundant Harvest, Shiloh Home
*Habitat for Humanity, Emporia Area Habitat, Restore Topeka
*SOS
*USD 251 North Lyon County
*USD 456 Marais des Cygnes Valley

Photos by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

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