Crown College Residence Hall Renovations

The renovation at Crown College is in progress

September 2018

It's a little hard to believe a year has gone by since our renovation project began, and I want to update you as to our progress on this large undertaking.

In the Upper Quad, just in time for move-in and the start of the year, the renovations to Leonardo house are finishing up. Residents in this house will be the first to experience new and brighter carpet and paint, renovated bathrooms, and an additional small laundry room on the first floor. The former "preceptor apartment" has also been transformed into four student rooms as well as some new single occupancy bathrooms down the hall. As many of us spend lots of time on electronic devices, wireless capabilities have been enhanced. Leonardo will also be the first Crown residence hall to use the Onity card access system instead of brass keys on the bedroom doors. We are excited about all the changes!

Renovated hallway in Leonardo building
Bright new hallway in Leonardo house.

Work is also underway in Galen and Harvey houses to bring changes similar to Leonardo. Those renovations are expected to be complete during the winter quarter, with work on Maxwell house to follow. Maxwell residents will get more information about that later.

Across from Leonardo house, the former faculty house and guest suite renovation continues and will soon house the Coordinator for Residential Education (CRE) for the residence halls.

But that's not all! Roof work in the Lower Quad continued this summer for Rutherford and Galileo to complete roof replacement for all of the residence halls. Rutherford and Galileo residents are also getting new bedroom furniture.

Renovated room in Leonardo building
Renovated student rooms in Leonardo house feature bright new carpet, paint, and lighting, as well as new furniture and card access door locks.

Renovation and construction bring noise and dust, so we want you to know what to expect when you arrive. There may be scaffolding up along a few of the buildings, but it will soon be gone from occupied buildings. As a reminder, this equipment is only for use by construction folks.

Galen and Harvey houses and the upper quad lawn area are fenced off for construction. Please stay out of the construction areas and follow signs for building exits and entrances. As work continues, paths of travel may change, so please pay attention to changes.

Water bottle filling fountain in Leonardo
New water bottle filling fountain in Leonardo provides convenient access to filtered water.

Work hours for the duration of the project are scheduled to be Monday-Friday from 7am-5pm with noisier work not starting until 8am. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during construction. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.

Sincerely,
Alex Belisario
Senior Director, College Student Life
Crown and Merrill Colleges


September 2017

A renovation project has begun at Crown College, the first of its kind since Crown was opened in 1967. While we are excited about the upcoming improvements and changes, we also know that some elements of the construction will be affecting you, and we want you to know what to expect when you arrive.

One project included in the renovation is some much needed work on the roofs. All of the residence hall roofs will eventually be replaced, but this summer work began on Gauss, Descartes, and Maxwell. When you arrive for move-in, you will see that work is in progress. Should our welcome week include a little rain, please know the roofs are watertight, so you and your belongings will stay dry.

You will notice scaffolding and fencing around these buildings. For residents of affected buildings, you may also see the scaffolding outside your bedroom window. This equipment is meant only for use by construction folks to access their supplies and the roofs via the outside of the building. You may also want to keep your curtains closed during the workday. As sections of roof are completed, the associated scaffolding will be removed.

Crown College scaffolding

Please stay out of the construction areas and follow signs for building exits and entrances. As work continues, paths of travel may change, so please pay attention to changes.

Most of the Crown renovation project is structured so that one unoccupied residence hall will be worked on at a time. Work hours for the duration of the project are scheduled to be Monday-Friday from 7am-5pm with noisier work not starting until 8am. There are a few exceptions to this plan, such as the current work on the roofs. We will keep you informed with updates to this site.

Sincerely,
Alex Belisario
Senior Director, College Student Life
Crown and Merrill Colleges


March 2017

Beginning June 2017, and continuing in a phased approach, each of the residence hall buildings at Crown College will be renovated to update and improve residential rooms for students. The renovation project will take place over a three-year period during which one residence hall building at a time will be offline and unoccupied while renovations are completed.

Crown College aerial view

The project will commence with Leonardo House being offline and undergoing renovations from summer 2017 until the middle of winter quarter 2018. Once the renovated Leonardo building is ready to be occupied, residents of Galen House will be reassigned to spaces in Leonardo for the remainder of the 2017-18 academic year. Galen will then remain offline for the remainder of the year while it undergoes renovations.

We appreciate Crown community’s patience and understanding of noise and other construction impacts during the renovation process.


Project Background and Scope

The goals of this major maintenance project are to:

  • Bring residence halls and exterior areas into compliance with accessibility requirements
  • Address deferred maintenance
  • Improve the student experience in residence hall buildings by performing capital renewal
  • Incorporate UCSC telecommunications master plan upgrades
  • Comply with University of California seismic safety policy
  • Improve residence hall security
  • Increase restroom counts within the residence halls
  • Increase laundry machine counts within the residence halls
Crown College residence halls

The buildings incorporated in the project are the eight Crown residence halls (constructed in 1967) as well as the Leonardo apartments (constructed in 1968).

Each residence hall was originally designed to include one apartment (originally intended for live-in staff); the project will integrate these apartments with the residence halls and by doing so, will add a total of 22 bed spaces.

The Leonardo apartments will be converted to serve the live-in staff need.