WILSON, N.C. — August 18, 2015 — Hackney Hall, a 1960s-era four-story residence hall, has been redesigned from the ground up to welcome a new generation of students to Barton College.
After five decades of housing students in its former configuration, the newly renovated building is further equipped to accommodate an ever-growing 21st century Barton campus. Hackney Hall now boasts 72 private bedroom/bathroom suite combinations. Junior and senior student residents can take advantage of a new ground-floor study area, television lounge, and kitchenette. New HVAC, electrical, plumbing components, and storefront windows have been installed throughout. And, the addition of a brand new elevator means Hackney Hall is now fully ADA-compliant.
The building’s newest residents are excited to call it home. “With construction complete, Hackney Hall offers a new and exciting living experience for students on Barton’s campus,” shared senior Morgan Foster. And, junior Luar Mercado Lopez was quick to add, “This is a modernized version of historic Hackney Hall that allows us to learn to live on our own in an independent environment, while still having the comfort of campus all around us.”
Dunn & Dalton Architects of Kinston created the designs, and Rehab Builders of Winston-Salem completed construction work. Hackney Hall is fully furnished by Blockhouse Furniture Company of York, Pa. Parts of the old building have also found new uses. During construction, a volunteer group of Barton students and staff reclaimed 100 bed frames, window air conditioners, and other furniture accessories from the former rooms, and donated the items to area charities.
On August 9, the 72 new residents, along with Barton faculty, staff, and special guests, were invited to a grand reopening of the completely remodeled Hackney Hall.