FLINT TWP. — Baker Hall East, a 35-suite residence hall on Baker College’s Flint campus, underwent an extensive facelift over the summer and was ready in time to welcome students for fall quarter, which began Monday, Sept. 26.
“Our goal is to update and refresh our on-campus residence halls to create a modern environment conducive to learning,” said Wen Hemingway, MBA, CTP, Baker College of Flint president. “The quality of Baker Hall East will also enhance the student experience for those living there.”
Baker now has capacity to house 236 students, she said.
Baker Hall East was the first to see the upgrade; Baker Hall West will be renovated during the summer of 2017.
The upgrades are important for Baker College to continue to attract more students from outside of the area and outside of the state, said Hemingway.
“Our programs are gaining regional and national prominence and are attracting students who need local housing and want the traditional collegiate experience,” she said.
The upgrades span from wall to wall. All the furniture, kitchens and bathrooms are new, and the décor is all in neutral colors and new finishes.
The two- and three-person suites now have kitchens with new appliances and granite counters, high-quality, durable furniture, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs for the living rooms. The bedroom furniture includes twin beds, desks, chairs, stackable drawers and pedestal tables, which can be configured multiple ways.
Two suites, designed for students who are disabled, are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Features include pull bars, accessible showers and a lower counter height. Refrigerators have freezers on the bottom for easier accessibility.
The hall’s first-floor lounge has been expanded and includes a pool table, two 55-inch flat-screen TVs, additional seating areas and a computer/print station. The adjacent laundry room was also updated.
The architect was TowerPinkster, RT London provided the furnishings, and Spence Brothers was the general contractor.