Chowan spends $5M on improvements

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chowan University's Marks Hall classroom building this summer will get new energy-efficient windows and an elevator. SUBMITTED

MURFREESBORO, N.C.—Chowan University will spend $5 million this summer to continue renovating the campus.

Most of the funding will come out of the operational budget, therefore little to no debt is incurred.

“This summer is both exciting and exhilarating as Chowan is investing more in renovations than any previous summer,” said John Tayoe, vice president of development. “And through gifts and purchases, we have acquired significant properties among the community to accommodate Chowan’s growing number of incoming freshman and higher number of upperclassmen as the retention rate rises.”

Renovations will include re-roofing Chowan’s dorms and classroom buildings built in the 1950s and 1960s with high-maintenance flat roofs.

Many interior updates are being done to the Marks Hall classroom building to add more technology capabilities as well as an elevator. New windows, a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units and new lighting will be installed at Whitaker Library.

The interior to Mixon Hall dormitory is getting new furnishings, and the exterior to Parker Hall dormitory is getting a facelift.

Over the past eight years, $15 million has been invested in Chowan’s facilities through renovations.