ST. CLOUD - St. Cloud State University recently celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of Case-Hill Halls (Tuesday) afternoon which is home to more than 300 students. `

Renovations of the buildings facilities began in January. The $12 million project was completed not only ahead of schedule, but also finished under budget.

SCSU director of Residential Life, Dan Pederson says, "We improved all of our mechanical systems which included energy efficient ventilation, plumbing, and electrical systems. We've added new semi private restrooms on all of our floors in the building. We've added ADA accessible rooms and features to the first floor of Case Hall but made all of our rooms larger so they are more accommodating to students with special needs."

In addition to greater accessibility, many security and luxury features were added to the building as well.

"We've improved safety features in this building including card access entry and surveillance cameras. We have our larger technology center here on the first floor, available to all of our students. We have music rehearsal space down stairs, more group study space, improved floor kitchens and lounges. The amenities in this building are just outstanding and we couldn't be prouder" says Pederson.

One of the project goals was to make the space a place to live, study, and develop relationships.

SCSU president Dr. Earl H. Potter III says, "Because you choose a room at the lower end of the price scale of what we've got does not mean that you should be living in a substandard facility…this is a great facility. It's structured differently from some of our other facilities but it's a great place to live, study, and develop relationships."

Hill Hall was actually built and opened in 1962 in honor of Helen Hill, a member of the SCSU faculty who served for over 37 years on the SCSU campus.

"In 1964, Case Hall which is on the North side opened honoring another long time faculty member Marie Case. Today we mark 50 years later where we are proud to re-dedicate these two buildings for the new millennium, and welcome in the new home for our students as they continue to prosper in the many years to come" says Pederson.

The Case-Hill restoration is part of a wide-ranging plan to update St. Cloud State residence halls. Shoemaker Hall's west wing is scheduled for renovation in 2013.