The Department of Residence is pursuing the remodeling of bathrooms in Friley Hall after numerous delays due to COVID-19, cost, and availability of materials and labor over the past few years. Unforeseen circumstances involving timeline and cost have led us to construction during a different timeframe than we originally planned. The project will begin in January 2023 and be completed by July 28, 2023.

Proceeding with this timeline allows the department to not only continue to be good stewards of student funds, but also allows us to continue efforts to improve facilities by providing bathrooms with improved infrastructure and accessibility as well as additional privacy.

If you have questions about how this project affects you, please reach out to your Hall Director or the Contracts and Assignments office at housing@iastate.edu, 515-294-2900, or in-person at their office at 2419 Friley Hall.

If you don’t see your question represented below, please submit it here and a staff member will be in touch within one business day.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do I have to move?
    • The residents who are required to move have been emailed and will receive a physical notification as well. Those students are residents of the 27 student rooms that are located within the construction zones in the four Friley houses — Dodds, Pennell, Murphy, and Lorch-Russell. Other students living in those four houses where bathrooms will be closed during the project are occurring have the option to move if they choose.
  • Where can I move? 
    • There are spaces available throughout campus. Roommates who wish to stay together can choose to move to Frederiksen Court Apartments or Wallace Hall. All other areas generally only have individual spaces in double occupancy rooms available.
  • Can my roommate and I move together? 
    • Spaces are available in Frederiksen Court Apartments and Wallace Hall for roommates who wish to remain together. 
  • Does my room rate stay the same if I move to another hall or an apartment? 
    • Students who move to a different location for the Spring term will be charged 50% of their current rate in Friley Hall, regardless of where they move.  
  • Will someone help me move? 
    • Department of Residence has contracted with a vendor to move your property to your new on-campus location. Department of Residence will also supply packing boxes, packing papers, and packing labels for students to prepare their personal property for the move. These supplies will be delivered during Thanksgiving Break. 
  • How do I request the moving materials? Do I need to pick them up?
    • If you contact us with your move out plans by 5 p.m. on Nov. 18, we will drop them off in your room during Fall Break. If you make your decision after that time, we will deliver the materials to you within two business days.
  • What if I need more moving boxes?
    • Ask your RA for more moving material. They can get you some..
  • What are the dates I can move? 
    • We have worked with moving company to have the following dates available for students to relocate: 
      • Nov. 28 – Dec. 2: 34 slots available
      • Dec. 5 – Dec. 9: 34 slots available
      • Dec. 14 – Dec. 16: 20 slots available
      • Jan. 12 – Jan. 13: 14 slots available
      • Jan. 17 – Jan. 20: 28 slots available
  • What if I can’t move during the designated timeframe?
    • We will do our best to work with you to find a date that works. Contact the Contracts and Assignments Office at housing@iastate.edu, 515-294-2900, or in-person at office 2419 with details of your situation for review.
  • Who can I contact with questions? 
    • Your Hall Director can put you in touch with someone from the Residence Life team. You can also reach out to our Contracts and Assignments office at housing@iastate.edu, 515-294-2900, or in-person at their office at 2419 Friley Hall.
    • There are also Town Hall Meetings that you can attend to learn more and ask questions.
      • Students who must move are invited to attend Wednesday, November 9, from 6-7 p.m. or Thursday, November 10, from noon to 1 p.m.
      • Students who have the option to move are invited to attend Thursday, November 10, from 6-7 p.m. or Friday, November 11, from noon to 1 p.m.
  • What is being done to the bathrooms? 
    • The community bathroom will be completely gutted. New toilets and showers will have floor to ceiling walls and doors for full privacy and all showers will contain a separate dressing area. Each bathroom will include fully accessible toilet and shower rooms. Additionally, a full bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) will be accessed from the hallway for use by residents of the house and their guests. 
  • Why is the DoR renovating the bathrooms now? 
    • DoR has been committed to improving community bathrooms. Initial phase of Friley bathrooms were designed and the project put out for bid in January 2022, but no bids were received. After some redesign, we restarted the bidding process and the initial bid was 75% over the $1.95M budgeted amount and contractors indicated they needed 18 weeks to complete project. DoR adjusted the construction timeline for the next set of bids and received a bid that came in on target with our project estimates. The variable from all contractors is that current labor market along with continued supply chain issues has extended the amount of time needed to successfully complete a project of this scope. 
  • Why didn’t the DoR do this renovation before the year began or wait until Summer 2023?
    •  We had received no bids for the planned summer 2022 Friley Bathroom Project. In the current bidding period, the first round of submitted bids included feedback from bidders, that a May 2023 start date would mean substantial completion would occur no earlier than the first of October. Student rooms connected with those bathrooms unavailable for Fall 2023 student move in.
  • When will the bathroom construction be completed? 
    • The project is expected to be complete by July 28, 2023. 
  • Will more people be using the other bathrooms? What bathrooms will be impacted? 
    • Bathrooms that will see an increase in student usage will be:
      • Stanton (Male): R2287
      • Spinney (Female): R3403
      • Meeker (Female): R4503
      • Meeker (Male): R4540
  • What bathrooms are closing? 
    • Dodds House: R1268 
    • Murphy House: R3468 
    • Pennell House: R4568 
    • Lorch-Russell: R5668 
  • Will the Resident Assistant still live on the floor? 
    • Yes, remaining resident for each house will have an RA.
  • Will construction workers be on our floor? 
    • All four floors will have temporary walls constructed in hallways to separate residents from construction. The majority of the access to the construction area will be by the freight elevator and stairwell within the construction zone. Once temporary walls are in place, there should little to no interactions with construction workers.
  • If I move, how do I change my parking pass to better suit my new residence?
    • If you have purchased a traditional parking pass through the ISU Parking Division, you can transfer your pass to a new lot. Just stop by their office to trade in your old pass for a new pass that works best for you. Their office is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and is located in the Armory Building, room 27.
  • Will there be a lot of construction noise? 
    • Contractors will not be able to begin noisy work before 9:00 a.m. Demolition of existing bathrooms will occur during the initial weeks of the project and that will be create consistent noise. 
  • Will areas of my floor be blocked off? 
    • Yes, temporary walls will be in place so students cannot access the construction areas. On Floor 1, 3, and 4 students must use floor 2 to navigate to houses at the West End of Friley.   
  • Will my house den be impacted?
    • The Den for each of these houses is located in the construction zone and unfortunately unavailable for use.  We encourage students to utilize other common areas within Friley for their group house activities.
  • Will I be able to move in the spring if I change my mind about staying on the house? 
    • Yes, if you change your mind and want to move to a different space after the start of the Spring term, you will be able to utilize the standard room change process to select a new space. The spring room change process will open in the portal on February 1st
  • Will I have assistance with moving if I move after January? 
    • We will have set aside six moving days between January 12 and January 20 for students who wish to move after the fall semester has ended. Those dates are identified above.
  • If I’m required to move, will that affect my meal plan?
    • If you move to a different residence hall (other than Wallace or Linden), the move will not affect your meal plan status.
    • If you move to Linden, Wallace or to an apartment in Frederiksen Court, or off campus, you have three options:
      • keep your current plan,
      • switch to one that better accommodates your new location
      • cancel with no penalty
    • If you have any questions about your meal plan, email dining@iastate.edu or call 515-294-3856.
  • What if I have the option to move – can I change my meal plan?
    • If you decide to stay in Friley or move to another residence hall that is a meal plan required location, there is no change to your meal plan.
    • If you decide to move to a non-meal plan required area (Wallace or Linden Hall, Frederiksen Court apartments) you have three options:
      • keep your current plan,
      • switch to one that better accommodates your new location
      • cancel with no penalty
    • If you decide to move off campus you can keep your current plan or switch to a different one. You can check out the Silver, Bronze, or 105 Meal Block options here. If you want to cancel your meal plan there will be 50% cancellation fee (which is reduced from the normal cancellation penalty).
    • If you have any questions about your meal plan, email dining@iastate.edu or call 515-294-3856.

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