August 15, 2012

The Transformation of Pine Meadows: Stage 5

Granada Hall

Kathmandu Hall

Hong Kong Hall

Jakarta Hall

View of the living room, kitchen, first floor hallway and stairs from the front door.

View of the living room from the first floor hallway.

View of the first floor hallway and kitchen.

The new appliances and cabinets.

View of the new kitchen sink and cabinets.

Standard Refrigerator/Freezer in all apartments.

Standard stove/oven for all apartments.

View of the first floor hallway.

View of the first floor dining room.

View from the 2nd floor back bedroom.

View of the 2nd floor bedroom.

View of the bedroom closet.

View of the bathroom from the 2nd floor hallway.

Standard shower and bathtub.

August 7, 2012

The Transformation of Pine Meadows: Stage 4

As it is nearing the end of summer the finishing touches are being put on the buildings set to be open in the Fall. The electricians are just finishing up the new electrical and new duct work for the central air conditioning as the painters have just put the final coat on in every room in the common building. The floor plan for the common building allows for ample study space, a large laundry room and a spacious common room only open for residents of the 18th Street Commons. Over the past week, some of the other notable improvements to the site included the installation of brand new siding and the delivery and set up of apartment furniture, ovens and refrigerators to all of the apartments. (Photos of the finished interiors of the apartments will be posted later this week so stay tuned) Here are the photos of the progress as of last wednesday:

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Above: New siding on the apartments and the first of three delivery trucks.

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Above: The new addition to the common building.

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Above: The main hallway in the common building.

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Above: One side of the laundry room.

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Above: Another view of the laundry room.

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Above: The new common room with a fireplace.

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Above: View from the fireplace of the new common room.

July 28, 2012

The Transformation of Pine Meadows: Stage 3

Over the past week the inside of the renovated apartments have been prepared for the final touches that are set to be completed over the next week or so. My co-worker, Dom Wolfe, and I have mainly been sweeping and vacuuming the apartments so that the floors are ready for carpet on the second floor and a hardwood surface on the first floor. As students of Susquehanna and potential residents of the 18th Street Commons, we are very excited by sight of how stylish and classy the apartments are going to be. In addition to the indoor renovations, new siding is being installed giving the buildings a clean, new look.

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Above: A look in from the front door of an apartment.

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Above: A look at the new cabinets and sink in the kitchen.

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Above: 2nd floor hallway and stairs with a look at one of the new light fixtures.

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Above: 1st floor hallway leading from the living room to the dining room and back door.

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Above: 2nd floor front bedroom

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Above: New siding is going up quickly.

July 19, 2012

The Transformation of Pine Meadows: Stage 2

So far the construction effort has been progressing at a good rate. New dry-wall is completely in place as well as almost all of the paint for the four buildings set to be open in the fall of 2012. Bathrooms and kitchens are taking form as only ovens, fridges and running water need to be installed. All four buildings set to open in the fall are on schedule to be completely finished within the next few weeks.

What has really impressed me in the construction effort is the new paving that has taken place in the past week. At first I was skeptical about the accessibility the apartments would have to the rest of the campus. Over the past week two new walkways have been added allowing for fairly direct paths to the Degenstein Campus Center (Location of the Dining Hall) and academic row. In addition to the walkways, a road has been paved to connect the parking lot of the 18th Street Commons to the parking lot of the Science Building and North Hall.

Here are a few pictures:

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Above: New driveway (looking at science building and North Hall)

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Above: New driveway (looking towards 18th Street Commons)

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Above: Walkway to Degenstein Campus Center

July 18, 2012

Photos: Beginning of Demolition

The picture  above was taken during the demolition process of the 2nd floor closet and back bedroom.

The picture above was taken during the demolition process of the 2nd floor hallway closet and bedroom.

The picture above was taken during the demolition process of the 2nd floor front bedroom.

The picture above was taken during the demolition process of the stairs and 2nd floor.

The picture above was taken during the demolition process of part of the front living room and hallway leading to the dining room, kitchen and backdoor.

The picture above was taken during the demolition process of the first floor living room.

The picture above was taken during the demolition process of the kitchen.

July 10, 2012

The Transformation of Pine Meadows: Stage 1

Greetings from Susquehanna University. My name is Jimi Seaberg, Class of 2015. I am currently working on a construction crew to transform a nearby townhouse complex into upperclassmen housing.

In the Fall of 2011, Susquehanna University purchased a low income apartment complex known as Pine Meadows. The complex is located directly behind Susquehanna’s new Health Center, Writer’s Institute, and Science Building. Pine Meadows was vacated earlier this year allowing for construction to begin at the start of summer vacation.

The complex has four quadrants that contain a total of four buildings that provide an average of eight, two story apartments with ample parking space. The complex also features a centrally located common building to house a laundry room, vending machines and auxiliary rooms for student use.

My job on the construction team is that of an ‘unskilled laborer.’ The main tasks I am assigned range from demolition to cleaning up the excess clutter. With these responsibilities I get to see the entire process and transformation of the whole apartment complex.

Coming in to the job the apartments were in a variety of conditions ranging from clean and well-kept to tired and worn. Despite the current state of the apartments I am very excited about the finished product that is starting to take form. The floor plan of each apartment offers a very homey feel and and provides a myriad of possibilites for each student to arrange their new homes come fall.

Next Blog, Stage 2. (Coming Soon)

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