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New wall for Reynolds Hall

Shepherd building getting $1.5 million facelift

Shepherd building getting $1.5 million facelift

December 07, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - People walking past Reynolds Hall on the campus of Shepherd University might be doing a double take.

That's because one of the exterior walls is slowly coming down as part of a repair to the building's foundation.

Because of a structural problem in the foundation, officials realized that the building along King Street across from Shepherdstown Town Hall was settling, Shepherd University spokeswoman Valerie Owens said.

To correct the problem, workers are dismantling the brick north wall of Reynolds Hall down to the foundation, where they will make repairs, Owens said.

The wall then will be rebuilt, Owens said.

Callas Contractors Inc. of Hagerstown is doing the $1.5 million restoration job that is scheduled to be completed May 31, Owens said.

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Reynolds Hall connects to McMurran Hall, the stately Shepherd University building that faces German Street in downtown Shepherdstown. Earlier this year, crews removed the old paint on McMurran Hall and repainted the building.

McMurran Hall is used for offices, while Reynolds Hall consists of a 200-seat auditorium that is used for small performances and lectures, Owens said.

Because the dismantling of the north wall is exposing the interior of the building, there is no way to have functions in Reynolds Hall while the construction is ongoing, Owens said.

"It would be quite breezy in there," she said.

Regularly scheduled functions in Reynolds Hall had to be moved to other parts of the campus while the work is completed, Owens said.

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