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K-State Today

December 20, 2013



Improvements continue at Jardine Apartments

By Alison Rogers

Jardine Apartments has seen many improvements over the past seven years. The latest project to be completed is the renovation of Building H, which was performed in-house by housing and dining services’ facilities management staff.

Building H is one of Jardine’s original structures that exist alongside its newly constructed buildings. To bring it up to date, staff from the department’s construction crew, Jardine custodial group and other areas made a host of improvements to its infrastructure as well as to its appearance. The list includes new cabinetry and appliances in the kitchens and new furnishings in the bathrooms. Lighting, carpet and tile were replaced throughout the apartments and the walls were freshly painted. Outside, a new deck and railing system improves the safety and aesthetics of the previous exterior, and a new, sloped roof visually integrates the building with the new construction and enhances its ability to repel weather.

“I cannot say enough about the job that our maintenance team has done throughout this renovation project,” said Eric Neilson, assistant director for apartment living. “To have the ability to perform this level of work from within our own team is a blessing that should never be overlooked. Their hard work and dedication to great quality is very evident in the finished products that they continually are completing.”

Gene Tebbutt, physical plant supervisor specialist for housing and dining services, explained the benefits of assigning such projects to those within the department.

“We are sensitive to the needs of our students and can often adjust our schedule to avoid interfering with their academic needs, which outside contractors aren’t always able to do,” he said. “Plus, when we finish a project we’re still here as part of the organization and continue our feelings of ownership of what we have accomplished.”

Building H is the first existing building to receive this series of upgrades. The department will begin work on Building M in January 2014.