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Students report numerous maintenance issues at Loyola’s new university residence, which cost $ 47 million to build.
Francis Hall was built to relieve first- and sophomore students from overcrowded campus housing and also encourage more upper-class students to live on campus, The Phoenix reported.
The relocation of specialist students from Campion Hall to Francis Hall began last school year, when students were able to return to campus, and the residence is now home to just over 300 specialist and non-specialist students.
Since its approval in September 2018, Francis Hall has taken over two years to build and has seen a name change, along with opposition from the Edgewater Historical Society.
With the construction of Francis Hall, Loyola had laundry rooms and full kitchens on each floor, as well as a small cafe.
However, Francis residents reported issues with laundry rooms, elevators, and the cafe in the lower lobby.
According to Residence Life manager Deb Schmidt-Rogers, only four of the building’s seven laundry rooms were operational from August 28 to October 18 due to a card reader error. That left just 12 washers and 16 dryers for the 341 residents for almost two months.
“I felt disappointed because it took so long [to fix the laundry] only for the machines to come out of our floor again, ”said Aisling Heaphy, 18, first year.
“It took a team from four different Loyola departments as well as our laundry provider to get them back online,” Schmidt-Rogers said in an email to The Phoenix.
Schmidt-Rogers also said there was “no explanation why they stopped working because they had no problem in the spring.”
Despite the many departments at work to repair the machines, students still had difficulty doing laundry.
“I got an email saying they were fixed, but the machine I tried still didn’t work,” said Richa Patel, a 19-year-old biology student. “I tried to do my laundry on a Friday night when no one else would, but I stayed up until midnight to get clean clothes.
With only certain floors having a functional laundry room, students had to travel to different floors to clean their clothes.
“Every time I had to go to a different floor, I felt weird because I didn’t live there.” said Natalie Silva, 18, freshman.
“I felt embarrassed,” said Juliana Hanson, 20, major in political science. “But at least a few machines have been running at all times.”
The inefficiency of some machines also cost some students money doing laundry.
“I ended up spending almost $ 10 on a single charge because the machines just seem to spin the clothes,” said Guiliana Larson, first year molecular cell neuroscience student. “Am I going to have to pay? school for its own problems? ”
In addition to the failing washing machines, the students expressed frustration with the problems in the elevators. Only one of the building’s two elevators operated from early September to early October.
“It’s a new building,” said Larson, 18. “Elevators should work better than those in Mundelein [elevators]. “
“The elevators were boring,” Hanson said. “With only one working, it was super slow and I live on a higher floor. “
Residence Life declined to comment on the elevator malfunction.
Loyola also boasted that Francis Hall would house a cafe in the lobby, although it has not yet opened, which is a symptom of the nationwide labor shortage, according to the door. – speech from Anna Shymanski Zach University.
“The Francis Hall Dining Location was completed just before the pandemic closed,” Shymanski Zach said in an email to the Phoenix.
Schmidt-Rogers and Shymansk Zach both said it was “scheduled to open the cafe in spring 2022,” but cannot provide an exact month at this time.
Harper Stewart, a 20-year-old junior enrolled in the honors program, expressed her frustration upon learning about the construction of Francis, as she never had the chance to live there. Prior to 2020, the honored students were housed at Campion Hall, which had issues with mice, The Phoenix reported.
“[The issues in Francis are] so surprising considering the money they put into it, ”added Stewart, 20. “I can relate to them now. After all, freshmen get a taste of Campion.
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