For the first time since the late 1980s, the roofing on all of the residence halls on The Hill will be replaced.
Construction on the roofs began last week and should be finished by fall semester.
“The target completion date (to finish the roofs) is August 3, 2012,” said Ben Chapman, the Construction Project Manager.
The project will cost $1.9 million, but the roofs should last more than 30 years, according to Chapman.
The construction at The Hill will cause the parking lot for M Hall, Boyd Hall and Knapp Hall as well as the parking lot for Dowell Hall, Sasnett Hall, Leischuck Hall and Graves Hall to be closed until May 27.
The parking lots serving Dobbs Hall, Dunn Hall, Toomer Hall, Glenn Hall and Duncan Hall will be closed later in the summer also.
Parking can still be found in the area despite construction.
“Students can park at the new parking deck at Lem Morrison and the Poultry Sciences parking lot,” Chapman said.
Although The Hill will be undergoing changes, it will still be the home for the overnight campers that visit Auburn this summer.
Sara Kate Bradfield, sophomore in apparel design and production management, lived on The Hill last year and is the second generation of her family to live on The Hill.
“My mom and my aunt both lived on The Hill, and it was really cool for them to move me in and tell me their stories about their time here,” Bradfield said.
“I met so many new people while living on The Hill,” Bradfield said. “By the time I left for the summer, I felt like I had met every single person on my hall.”
Bradfield said the new roofs are well deserved.
“It’s great that Auburn is maintaining these buildings,” Bradfield said. “It would be great to be able to move my own children into The Hill someday.”