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September 25, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

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Park lobby renovations to continue

The lobby of the Roy H. Park School of Communications is under renovation for the second time since the Spring 2006 semester.

The redesign of the lobby includes a new ceiling, new floor tiles and up to six flat-screen televisions, Dianne Lynch, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, said.

Lobby renovations in 2006 included three new television screens and the Park cart, Lynch said.

“That’s what I’ll be remembered for,” Lynch said. “Forget anything else I did, they’ll remember me for the food cart.”

Jeff Paddock, director for facilities planning, design and construction, said the new project will be completed during the winter break. Paddock said the changes are funded by the Office of Facilities’ capital improvements budget and will cost around $350,000.

David Priester, director of technical operations for the Park school, said the contractors are trying to work at hours convenient for everyone, but he has heard complaints.

“It’s not an ideal situation,” he said. “But it’s what we all have to live with.”

Senior Naomi Stockwell said the changes have been positive but the noise from the construction was not.

“In my class we had to move because of all the noise,” she said.

Lynch said she has heard some second-hand complaints, particularly about the new television screens.

“I find it surprising that anyone would object to having television screens in a communications school,” Lynch said. “They aren’t that expensive … and we have funding for it.”

Lynch said the goal of the renovations was to make the lobby a more inviting area.

“We want to make it the kind of place people want to be,” Lynch said.