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Facilities across campus are getting upgrades, in planning for them, or beginning construction this summer, according to a March update from university facilities.

The multiyear housing redevelopment plan continues and will bring improvements to Lora Robins Court and Robins Hall, among them a new roof, classroom space, and flooring for LoRo and upgraded HVAC systems for both. Lakeview Hall will get a face-lift with new flooring and a fresh coat of paint.

Extensive planning is underway for a renovation of Ryland Hall, currently home to the history and English departments and other faculty. Facilities said it anticipates closing Ryland from spring 2020 through summer 2021 to install an elevator, complete extensive energy-saving improvements to HVAC systems, and address other needs in the oldest building on campus.

Richmond’s multiyear investment in arts facilities also continues. Skylights have been installed on the third floor of the Visual Arts Building, bringing much-welcomed natural light to the top floor, and other work to the building is on schedule for completion this summer.

Pre-construction activity for the Well-Being Center and the Queally Athletic Center was finished this spring. Construction, now underway, will continue into fall 2020. The latter project includes the conversion of historic Millhiser Memorial Gymnasium into a fully accessible academic center for student-athletes “while retaining the old gym floor and basketball goals as a reminder of this building’s history,” according to the March update.