Silliman Hall is currently undergoing renovations in order to allow new offices to be placed on the second and third floors.
“The work being done is really best described as updates to the building that are long overdue,” stated Director of Facilities and Planning Loren Rucinski.
Silliman Hall currently houses the Office of the Registrar on the first floor. For many years, the second and third floors were home to Health Services and the Counseling Center, until Wicker Wellness Center opened its doors in 2013.
These floors were once again put to use while the Humanities Building was undergoing renovations for 2014.
It became the temporary home for many of the language offices and the English Department until winter term, when Karp Hall was completed and reopened. Since then the floors have remained vacant, allowing for much needed renovation to the office spaces.
The building will be outfitted with a new heating and cooling system. The second and third floors will be getting a new paint job, carpet, ceiling repairs and lighting updates.
All mechanical renovations will be paid for with Facilities Services’ annual renewal budget — $300,000 — while the money, $45,000, for the other improvements will come from the operating budget.
While all of these improvements are being carried out, the administration will be making a final decision as to which department the newly refurbished floors will contain.
Silliman was built in 1900 to house the campus’ student organizations, including the YMCA, the Adelphic Society and the Philomathean Society.
Horace Brinsmade Silliman was a member of Union’s Class of 1846 and provided the initial donation for the building, as well as an additional donation of $10,000 in 1904 for maintenance.
Facilities Services are expected to complete this work by the end of this month, and it will not require the relocation of the Office of the Registrar.
Rucinski stated that he expected there to be an annoucment made within the next couple of weeks regarding which department will relocate to these floors after renovations have been completed.