With the start of the fall semester fast approaching, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is putting the fin­ishing touches on a number of ren­o­va­tion projects around campus, including the addi­tion of new class­room space, improve­ments to a number of existing venues and revamped dining options.

Many of the year’s largest cap­ital con­struc­tion projects take place during the summer months, when life on campus slows down some­what, explained Northeastern’s vice pres­i­dent for facil­i­ties, Nancy May.

We under­stand that a high quality of life on campus is crit­ical, which is why we are always looking at infra­struc­ture upgrades and enhance­ments to areas of campus that can be made,” she explained. “We do our best to cycle our projects and plan them so our biggest con­struc­tion hap­pens in the summer months, when there is the least poten­tial for disruption.”

The most sig­nif­i­cant projects of the summer include the third, and final, phase of ren­o­va­tions to Ell Hall’s Blackman Audi­to­rium, which now boasts new seats, new dressing rooms and improved access to the stage for people with phys­ical disabilities.

Across Krentzman Quad, nine new class­rooms have been added to Richards Hall. The Uni­ver­sity Honors Pro­gram will be relo­cated from West Vil­lage F, a move that will pro­vide space in that building for a new Visitor’s Center and offices for Admis­sions staff cur­rently based at Richards Hall, May said.

Kar­i­otis Hall also has ben­e­fitted from class­room improve­ments, including tech­no­log­ical upgrades such as new video-​​streaming systems.

A new sports med­i­cine and per­for­mance center for stu­dent athletes–similar to one that opened last year in Matthews Arena–was con­structed this summer in the Cabot Center.

Stu­dents returning in the fall will be greeted by three new dining expe­ri­ences: Subway in Ryder Hall, which replaces Mondo Subs; Argo Tea in Snell Library’s Cyber Café; and a com­pletely ren­o­vated Rebecca’s Café in Churchill Hall.

A variety of upgrades to Stetson East and West res­i­dence halls are nearing com­ple­tion, including con­struc­tion on the stu­dent lounges, study spaces and bath­rooms, as well as the instal­la­tion of fire pro­tec­tion sprinklers.