Good timing Renovation of the Allen House residence hall at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., shown here after completion, was phased over three summers, beginning on the roof and top floor, and moving down. Photo © Gregg Shupe 2013 | ShupeStudios.com.

Good timing

Little by little, a campus can be transformed through efficient use of the 12 summer weeks between school sessions.

Residence halls lose some of their luster with each passing year, due to aging mechanical systems and constant heavy use on the finishes. Also, the institution’s needs change over time, as do building codes and students’ (and parents’) expectations.

It would be preferable to close an entire residence hall to renovate all its spaces at once, but it’s unlikely that there would be places to put everyone during the period it would take to complete the job. No schoo

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