East Carolina University started construction projects costing nearly $10 million this summer to improve two residence halls, several sidewalks and a space inside Joyner Library.
A $6.2 million project at White Residence Hall on the west end of main campus will modernize all 201 bedrooms in the 10-story, 45-year-old building. Work will include demolishing all built-in furniture, removing asbestos and updating interior finishes. Bill Bagnell of the ECU Campus Operations staff said the project will be paid for from housing receipts and should be completed in August.
Inside Joyner Library, a $364,000 project will renovate about 4,000 square feet of space around the circulation desk. Officials said the project includes relocating the Java City coffee shop to reduce noise in the library. Some restrooms in that area of the library also will be expanded. Bagnell said the project will be paid for with funds from the ECU Langford Endowment and should be completed by August.
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