For the entirety of the 2019 – 2020 academic year Roberts Hall will be closed for the replacement of the heating, venting and air conditioning systems.
Since it opened in 1972, Roberts Hall has never closed down for a situation like this, according to Greg Graham, assistant VP for business and retail operations at Florida Tech whose job duties include housing.
Roberts Hall officially shut down on July 14 for the replacement of the HVAC system.
The air conditioning unit would repeatedly stop working for hours over the course of the previous school year, according to numerous students.
“The University Housing depart ment did not offer Roberts Hall as a housing option this year with the knowledge that the building would be closed,” Graham said.
Graham also said that on average, Roberts Hall would typically house 210 residents each semester out of the university’s 1,690 total residents.
The seven-story dorm accounts for approximately 12.4 percent of campus residents.
“The housing census this semester is consistent with the same number of students residing on campus as in past fall semesters,” Graham said. “A dorm like Roberts being shut down must have put other dorms to full capacity and beyond.”
Graham also mentioned that the classes that would’ve been held in Roberts Hall’s annex were relocated to have put other dorms to “full capacity and beyond.”
Graham also mentioned that the classes that would’ve been held in Roberts Hall’s annex were relocated to other university facilities.
Graham went on to say that all students that requested single rooms were notified that this would no longer be an option offered.
Some students who applied for single rooms in the spring semester were emailed that they would have a new room with a roommate in July.
As of Aug. 29, Dewey Yeatts, director of facilities management, said that Facilities was preparing Roberts Hall for Hurricane Dorian.
They placed multiple sandbags outside the building.. Joshua Quinto, a computer science major and previous resident of Roberts Hall last school year, said that he wasn’t informed that the hall would be closing until he returned for the current school year.
“I wish they’d have repaired the AC unit sooner,” Quinto said. “It kept going out and my room kept getting hot.”