CMU Plans to Improve Residence Halls

Upgrades totaling $500K set for this summer

Burford HallCentral Methodist University plans to significantly upgrade residence halls over the summer to improve the living and learning environment for students staying on campus in Fayette.

Improvements to the CMU residence halls will cost around $500,000, according to Kenneth Oliver, vice president of institutional growth and student engagement.

"The upgrades to the residence halls will help make us even more appealing to prospective students, and better meet the needs of our current students," said Oliver. Work will begin in May, with completion by the time classes resume in August.

Substantial upgrades are in the works for Burford and Woodward Halls, both of which house men. Additional work will take place in Holt and Howard-Payne.

Closets in Woodward and Burford Halls will be demolished and interior walls will be remodeled. Woodward and Burford will receive fresh paint as well as new desks and dressers. Howard-Payne will gain a new exterior patio area, while the Burford Hall patio area will be upgraded.

Improvements this summer will also include new carpet in Holt, Burford and Woodward.

Burford Hall was opened in 1960 and provides housing for 104 men. It is named in honor of Dr. Cyrus E. Burford, who was chairman of the CMU Board of Curators for many years. Woodward Hall opened in 1964 and provides rooms for 118 men. It was named in recognition of Dr. Ralph Woodward, President of the University from 1950-1970.

CMU can house around 800 students, and CMU officials hope to approach capacity in the near future


Posted March 5, 2014