Students and staff discussed the possible future of Kenan, Alderman and McIver residence halls at a presentation Tuesday by the architects in charge of renovating those halls.
"This is a concept discussion," said Christopher Payne, director of housing and residential education, at the meeting, which was held in Kenan.
"The purpose of this session is to get ideas out there."
Housing department officials and students discussed the placement of kitchens, study lounges, offices and the area director's apartments in the three residence halls, which will be closed in spring 2003 and reopen in fall 2004.
The halls will close when Connor, Winston and Alexander residence halls are ready to reopen after they undergo similar renovations during the 2002-03 school year.
Payne said the primary purposes of the renovations are to improve the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, to install sprinklers and to make access to the buildings easier for students with disabilities.
He said an elevator will be installed in each residence hall to create access to the upper floors for students with disabilities.
At Tuesday's meeting, architects from Clark Nexsen, the company hired to work on the renovations, presented tentative plans for the three halls. About 20 of the meeting's attendees made suggestions for changes.
The final plans will not be presented for at least several more months, said John Shurley, a Clark Nexsen designer.