It appears that "No-Limit Clement" will soon be off-limits.
At the conclusion of the spring semester, Clement Hall will be closed to all residents as it undergoes a nearly $3 million renovation project expected to be complete by summer of 2015.
Changes expected include: fire code updates and preventative maintenance, a repainted interior, improved flooring and carpets, improved disability accommodations for certain facilities, and a reconfiguration of the current basement space into a "tutoring and academic resource center."
As plans for construction move forward, the task of relocating affected students is underway. Current residents were given "displaced resident" status and allowed special priority for the fall housing registration, excepting rooms in Volunteer and Fred Brown Halls.
One of those affected residents is freshman history major David Guffey, who was surprised when Clement's closure for the fall was announced via email. He and his high school friends originally chose to live there on the advice of an older classmate who gave it high marks.
"I feel like UT Housing hasn't given anyone too bad of a hard time," Guffey said. "I'm sad that they've decided to close Clement, but I'm happy to have been able to experience it this year."
After the dust settled, Guffey chose a room in North Carrick Hall for his second-year residence, though he said he wishes he could take advantage of another year in Clement.
"Though it may not be the prettiest building, the rooms are large, it's close to my classes on The Hill, and it beats having a communal bathroom," Guffey said.
Current hall directors and maintenance workers are being moved to vacant spots within the housing system while resident assistants in the building are undergoing the normal application and reassignment process.
Frank Cuevas, executive director of UT Housing, said he believes the timing of the closure could not have been better.
"With the first year of construction underway at Strong Hall, rather than having issues with constant noise, it makes it a good time to go forward and reduce the inconvenience to our residents," Cuevas said.
Despite the fact that approximately 700 beds and 350 rooms are expected to be lost through the closure, Cuevas said the deficiency is balanced by the opening of Fred Brown Hall.
"With our location, suite-style rooms, and the addition of the academic resource and tutoring center, we feel this is going to create an environment where students want to be," Cuevas said.
However, students like Guffey still appreciate what Clement had to offer.
"It may be the fact that I'm a freshman and it's all I've known, but I've enjoyed my time here," Guffey said. "It's home."