by Tim Ziman


Benedictine University has finished with renovations of Ondrak Hall and the residents of the dormitory will be moving back in at the start of the spring semester.

“It’s nice to be back. The Hyatt was a very nice hotel. But it was not a situation that a lot of people were happy with. I am very glad to be back in Ondrak with my single room,” said sophomore Jake Brown.

Construction crews have been working before and through winter break, cleaning up and getting Ondrak Hall back in order for the residents to move back in.

There have been many changed made to Ondrak Hall, along with its reopening.

“When Ondrak Hall reopens for the spring semester on Sunday, January 11, it will feature new carpeting in each room and hallways, new soffits with maintenance access panels, new blinds, fresh paint in many areas, new furniture in the lounges, additional showers and new bathroom floors, toilets, urinals and faucets,“ said Mercy Robb, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Benedictine University.

Ondrak will not only be reopened, but also contains more modern features for the new year and spring semester.

The plans for move-in day are all ready for the reopening on the building.

“On January 11th students will move in by floors between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to avoid congestion and allow us to give each returning resident the personal attention they deserve,” said Robb.

Ondrak residents will be coming back to a new looking building, so there are certain steps that they will have to be taken in order to get use to their new place of living.

“Students will be required to check in and accompany a staff member on a walk–through of the building to become acquainted with the new amenities, and pick up their key before unloading and moving their belongings into their room,” said Robb.

According to Benedictine University’s student life section of their website, students that live at Ondrak Hall had the chance to have an early glance of the progress being made inside and the new amenities in November.

The residents of Ondrak Hall were relocated after the discovery of black mold in the dormitory last semester. Since then, some students have been residing off campus at the Hyatt Hotel in Lisle.

As for construction at BenU, another buildings still in works as the school continues to build the new College of Business building that is anticipated to open in the Fall of 2015.

To find out more about the full reconstruction and update of Ondrak Hall visit the Benedictine website- Student Life section for full details.