This time last fall, eager students were moving into the brand new Rucker Village townhouses. They had suffered a few months of temporary displacement in housing such as Knight Hall and the used-to-exist Military House while construction and inspections were completed. When they finally moved in, the Rucker townhouses were like palaces to the eyes of the new residents. Gleaming stainless steel refrigerators and clean toilets were finally at their disposal after weeks and weeks of waiting.
The new townhouses were a hit. It turns out that students actually value things like air conditioning, new furniture and a lack of asbestos. Plans to build more of these townhouses were immediately put into action after such positive feedback. The brand new Hambrick Village has recently been completed and passed all inspections, something we probably can’t say for Pierce, and displaced Hambrick residents have finally moved into their new homes.
Laura Aispuro, Director of Residence life, gave me some insight about the construction process of Hambrick. When asked how similar this process was to the process of Rucker, which Hambrick was based on, Laura said that the process was very similar, but that “this time around we did have a project manager dedicated solely to the building process,” which Rucker lacked. She also said that this construction was much easier because of the flat terrain and already available parking. I also asked Laura how Hambrick differs from Rucker, and she told me that “the floors plans are the same, and the furniture is very similar,” except that a new vendor was used. One thing that does differ is the use of the loft space in Hambrick’s common area— it’s an RD apartment instead of empty space.
Laura had reassuring comments about the frustration of Hambrick residents due to their late move-in. When asked about the delays and complications of the project, she said that it is always important to remember that “construction processes and projected completion dates typically vary. Unforeseen issues (such as water testing) arise.” Having previously dealt with the same issue last year with the previous Rucker residents, Laura was very sympathetic and understanding of the feelings of Hambrick residents. Kayla Lewis, sophomore volleyball player, commented that the waiting period she and her new housemates (Lyndi Egbert, Whitney Gains, Allison Hill and Brittney Patterson) dealt with was “very long and frustrating because the move-in date kept changing. My housemates and I were all very anxious to move in because we could see great progress being made, and it was hard not being able to move in.”
Kayla commented that when she and her friends finally received news that they would definitely be moving in (last week), they were very relieved and excited.
Laura also commented about the Hambrick move-in last Friday and Saturday, and says that she has heard all the currents residents are very happy with their new housing. Kayla and her friends are some of those happy residents, and say that “Hambrick was well worth the wait, other than the fact that we don’t have AC or cable right now (Sept. 1), but even so it was still worth the wait.” According to Laura, students were so happy about finally making the move that they were “literally skipping and hopping up and down with excitement and remarking on how awesome it was.” Laura is definitely right about the students’ positive response to Hambrick. Kayla and her housemates “would recommend Hambrick to everyone on campus. Even though it costs more, it is worth the extra money because of all the great features.”
There are still available spots for both male and female upperclassmen to move in to Hambrick. The price is $2,850 a semester. If you are interested, email Laura Aispuro.