Final touches on Kinghorn Hall not quite complete

Ball State's newest residence hall, Kinghorn Hall, opened its doors to students this fall with not only completely renovated facilities, but also surrounding buildings and streets that were renovated throughout the summer.

The building was set up for resident assistants to move in by Aug. 13. The residence hall was scheduled to be completely finished by Aug. 17, a day before move-in started, said Jim Lowe, director of engineering, construction and operations.

The final stage consisted of doing some cleaning and moving furniture to the rooms.

The crews also made a final inspection of the building to make sure everything was in place and working.

Although the weather, such as rain and higher temperatures, became a factor and slowed the construction process, work was rescheduled in order to have the job done by the start of the Fall Semester, Lowe said.

"Certainly, rain has affected our progress. We'd like to have everyday dry days," he said. "But for that, the contractor needed to adjust work hours."

Although the interior of the residence hall is completed, crews will still work on the landscaping in the following weeks.

"Students will see a week or two after move-in that there will be final site work," Lowe said. "It's a small amount of work."

Kinghorn Hall was named after former Ball State Vice President of Business Affairs Thomas Kinghorn, who stepped down from his position to retire in June 2009. Construction started on the 206,000-square-foot facility in March 2008, with a total cost of $25.6 million.


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