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SPUR Project Summary
The SPUR Top Ten
- Utility upgrade
Electrical and plumbing systems in the house will be upgraded.
The electrical system needs to be upgraded to support the current
computer load. Additionally, lighting will be improved around the
house. The plumbing system is showing its age and needs to be
replaced to avoid expensive repairs that we have had to make in
- Refurbish/Replace windows
All the windows in the house will be either refurbished or replaced
to tighten them up, increasing energy efficiency. Storm windows
will also be added or replaced.
- Renovate the Chapter Room
The Chapter Room will be completely renovated, including removing
the drop ceiling, replacing the walls with real wood panelling and
sheetrock, and restoring the fireplace.
- Renovate the Kitchen
The kitchen and equipment will be completely redone and brought up
to current codes. Use of the space will be optimized. We may
expand the kitchen to include the area that is now Cook's Porch to
increase kitchen space, depending on cost and town approval.
- Renovate Women's Head
Women's head will be completely redone and use of the space will
be optimized. Ventilation will also be improved.
- Replace parquet flooring
Current parquet flooring is coming unglued around the house. It will
be replaced with strip oak.
- Restore front door
The front door frame and windows have deteriorated over the years.
They will be restored along with the leaded glass window over the
- Renovate Guest Head
Guest Head will be renovated to be made handicap-accessible.
- Foundation repairs
The mortar in the foundation is crumbling and needs to be replaced.
While we replace walls, we will insulate the exterior walls of the
house. This, along with the windows, will greatly improve the energy
efficiency of the house.
In addtion to the top ten, here are some other projects we are undertaking:
- Dorm ventilation
Now that the windows are kept closed in the dorm and it is heated, air
circulation needs to be improved there.
- Roof over back door to Pit
We will be installing a small roof over the sunken stairs into the Pit
from the back lot to help prevent the occasional flooding of the Pit.
- Fire escape maintenance
The fire escape needs some maintenance work to keep it safe going forward.
- Fix/replace walls and ceilings
Walls and ceilings in the house have been showing their age faster than
can be fixed during workweeks. They will be replaced or repaired as
- Replace Pit flooring
The floor in the pit needs to be replaced.
- Gutter repairs
Some of the gutters and downspouts need some repair and rehanging.
- Rain cap for chimney
A cap needs to be installed over the chimney to prevent weather damage
to the chimney.
- Replace personal room furniture (completed)
The dressers (armadillos), meese (wardrobes) and elephants
(shelving units) have been replaced.