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Foster Quad closes for renovation following mold outbreak



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John W. Foster Quadrangle will be closed for renovations. Sam House Buy Photos

All Foster Quad residence halls, multiple surrounding sidewalks and the circle drive will be closed for renovation from May 14 to June 14, 2020 ,as a result of the mold outbreak.

This is part of a larger plan to renovate Foster, McNutt Quad and Teter Quad, according to an IU press release.

IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said the university had already planned to renovate Foster, but the project was moved up a year because of issues with mold in the dorms.

“We believe that this renovation in Foster and McNutt will very certainly fix the mold issue,” Carney said in an email.

Residence halls will be getting completely new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. He said the old HVAC systems in the rooms were part of what contributed to the mold growth problems.

“This represents a more than $170 million investment in new or renovated student housing on the Bloomington campus,” according to an IU press release.

This $170 million is a portion of a $300 million student housing plan IU approved in 2018 to be completed over six years.

Both Foster and McNutt are currently undergoing complete renovations and are following roughly the same process, Carney said.

The renovations in Teter Hoffman, Thompson and Wissler are scheduled to be completed this summer, which will allow the buildings to be open for students in the fall 2019 semester, according to the release.

Each room will get a new HVAC system and improved fresh air ducts, according to the IU Capital Planning and Facilities website. The renovations will also replace building-wide systems such as heating distribution, chilled water and fire prevention.

Foster Quad renovations will include new windows, roofs and electrical systems.

Carney said each day there will be about 100 construction personnel working on site.

“The completion date is July 2020, so they will be ready for the 20-21 academic year,” Carney said. “We don’t expect that schedule to change.”

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