By Garrison Murphy ’15
Campus facility workers installed new windows in Romley Hall, Keating Hall and the Chapel this summer, replacing windows school officials say were more than 20 years old and were not built with energy conservation in mind.
The new windows, costing the school about $130,000, were installed for cosmetics and to save on energy costs, according to Director of Facilities and Food Administration, Mrs. Sherri Stephens.
“We had trouble keeping the old buildings, especially Romley, cool in the summer and they were just awful windows,” Mrs. Stephens said when referring to the old windows. “It’s an investment.”
In 2012 Brophy hall received the same windows after facilities staff had difficulty keeping rooms cool according to Mrs. Stephens. She said she now has the ability to “freeze them over” if she wanted to.
Students and other faculty have also said they are content with the improved windows and there haven’t been any reported difficulties.
“They definitely block some of the sun out and … they definitely keep it cooler,” said Director of Student Activities, Mr. Oldani, whose office is in Romley Hall. “They definitely don’t allow as much heat in.”
Mike Staren ’15, who said he frequents Keating hall, said the building is still warm but the windows make a noticeable difference.
“It’s still warm but it’s a step in the right direction … it used to be terrible,” Staren said.
According to the Department of Energy, windows account for up to 25 percent of annual cooling and heating costs.