History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 82

82 were wired with direct access to the Center for Instructional and Research Computing (CIRCA). This project was a collaboration with Academic Affairs and was one of the pilot locations for what became DHNet in 1997. Cooperative Living Halls (Co-ops): At student request, three residence halls were converted to cooperative living halls (co-ops). In exchange for lower rental rates, students living in co-ops completed routine custodial and maintenance duties. Reid Hall was a co-op from 1972-1990. Buckman Hall was a co-op from 1973-2003. North Hall was a co-op from 1974-2002. Scholarship Hall: Yulee Hall was the Scholarship Hall from the 1980s to 2001. During this time, all Yulee rooms were designated “singles” for sophomore and above students with GPAs of 3.0+. A Co m m i t m e n t t o F a c i l i t i e s HRE maintains over 2.9 million square feet of space in 159 buildings built between 1905 and 2015. Maintaining and renovating residence facilities in this age range presents ongoing challenges. Maintenance and renovation plans exist for each facility. Staff updates short and long range maintenance plans annually for each facility; the Housing Master Plan provides guidance related to long term strategic planning including funding. Prior to FY 2002-03, the HRE budget included lump sum totals for routine and deferred maintenance projects and specified large projects to be paid for from “fixed operation outlay expenditures” or reserve funds. However, aging facilities needed more attention sooner than this budget strategy allowed. In FY 2002-03, the budget separated maintenance projects into general maintenance (routine) and special or capital projects (deferred maintenance). This also marked the year that information to students about rent increases specified how much of the increase covered operational costs and how much supported the Master Plan, which included an accelerated plan to upgrade and renovate facilities. Running a city within a city of this size required more space to support operations. In 1999, a Specialty Shop was built in the Surge Area of campus to first store new furniture for Lakeside Residential Complex then consolidate maintenance specialty shops located in various residence halls and East Hall Supply Property/ Records furniture storage to one location. The 14,700 square foot Specialty Shop has seven bays. After the new furniture was moved to Lakeside, bays 1- 4 became the new locations for the Electrical Shop (previously in Yulee Hall), Cable H i s t o r y o f t h e UF D S A