Indiana University’s Collins Living-Learning Center. (James Brosher / Indiana University)
Indiana University’s Collins Living-Learning Center. (James Brosher / Indiana University)
INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 100 years after being built, Indiana University’s oldest residence halls will be air conditioned. The installation is part of a $23 million renovation of the Collins Living-Learning Center. The IU Board of Trustees unanimously approved the plan Friday.

Smith, Edmondson and Cravens halls make up the Collins Learning-Center. They were built in 1924, making them the oldest residence halls in the IU system, said Tom Morrison, vice president for capital planning and facilities. He said the limestone structures are also some of the most well built on any IU campus, but updates are needed.

Morrison showed the board photos of the buildings and pointed out many of the windows were open. Another photo showed a box fan in a hallway.

The project calls for replacing the heating and ventilation systems in each student residence. Central air-conditioning systems will be installed. The chilled water and heating distribution systems will also be replaced.
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