Lawn work: Freshened fireplaces improve home on the Range

Bright blue tarps, scaffolds, and the sounds of heavy machinery meet the eyes and ears of passersby ambling down the sidewalk running parallel to the Range rooms at the University of Virginia, where chimney repairs are well underway this summer.

 

Unlike Lawnies, Range residents are all graduate students. And Frank Cirillo, a Range resident who's earning his Ph.D. in history, explains that the initial ban wasn’t necessarily inconvenient, but definitely disappointing since he had applied to live on the Range expecting this staple amenity after talking with a previous resident.

“He went on at length about how great it was to have a fireplace to sit by in the winter," says Cirillo. "So I was definitely excited for that and was a bit annoyed when I found out that I wouldn’t be able to use it."

Cutchins echoes this sentiment, but explains that residents are very excited now that repairs are underway.

“This is something that we’ve wanted for almost a year now,” says Cutchins.

 

He explains that 7-10 days turned into a full month fairly quickly, but that eventually residents were allowed to move back into their rooms earlier this week.

Cutchins adds that generally the residents really appreciate the efforts on behalf of the administration to make these renovations a priority, especially since he has been assured that the administration will be more responsive in the coming months.

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" Officials budgeted the necessary repairs at about $35,000 per room, with an overall project estimate hovering around $3.7 million to complete . ".

35k per room for repairs - WOW !

I'm glad TJ and I can now roast chestnuts and marshmellows together! Hot Dog!

Interested to see how long it takes for it to burn to the ground. A fireplace is not a necessity in ANY college dorm room no matter how pretentious you may be. Better put in a line direct to the fire department on the "lawn"... so lame.

So that's what Ph.D. candidates in history discuss at length: how nice it is to have a fireplace to sit by in the winter. Pretty lofty stuff!
@voltron...The $35k for the repairs includes fire suppression systems, so the little people who do not live in the real world will not have to worry about setting the Range ablaze.

R.I.P.: Joseph Rizzo

yeah, we'll see