Thurston shut down for summer

Thurston Hall will be closed for extensive renovations this summer and will reopen about a week before fall move-in.

The 1,116-bed freshman residence hall will receive new windows, updated lighting fixtures and elevators, and fire sprinklers in each of the rooms, said Seth Weinshel, assignments director of GW Housing Programs. He explained that one building per summer goes offline for maintenance and construction work.

“It has been an ongoing project for the last seven or eight years, and this summer it’s Thurston,” Weinshel said.

The residence at 19th and F streets, which is often noted for its boisterous and social atmosphere, will shut down at noon on May 21 – the day after Commencement. Weinshel said it should reopen six or seven days before the fall semester’s move-in day.

Housing for incoming freshmen at Colonial Inauguration will be moved to Fulbright and Madison halls for the summer, and conference and intern residents will also live in other buildings. About 17,000 people typically stay in on-campus housing throughout the summer, Weinshel said.

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