By: Tyra Bahney
The renovation of Northside Hall has been what seems like an ongoing process over the past year.
It has been over a year since Northside Hall has been under construction. The ongoing construction is part of IU South Bend’s plan to renovate the building by making upgrades where they are needed.
The facilities management department has been working to complete the replacement of the remainder of the roofs and windows that were not done the previous year.
The department is also installing new doors and a card access system for the building.
“We’re targeting to have most of the work done by the end of the month, but there’s going to be some outlying materials such as new interior doors and interior door locks that are going to take a little longer,” said Michael Prater, director of facilities management.
“But the majority of the heavy construction with the roofs and the windows and the doors will be complete by the end of the month.”
During the summer preceding the 2016-2017 school year, many parts of Northside Hall had significant damage due to roof failure and water leakage that occurred after South Bend received a record amount of rainfall. The Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall along with the area near the auditorium in Northside were both damaged by water on two separate occasions.
The roof failure also impacted two rooms in the Informatics department along with the areas in front of the elevators in the basement. These damages have long been restored.
Northside Hall is oldest building on campus. It was built in 1959 and had an addition added on to it in 1971.