Office of Residential Life Replaces Old Furniture in New Apts – Kenyon Collegian Office of Residential Life replaces old furniture in New Apts

Some of the outdoor furniture was 15 years old. | Tilly Wang

New Apts on Friday acquired new living room furniture from the Office of Residential Life, replacing existing furniture that had been in the new apartments for up to 15 years.

ResLife places its order in the spring once funding for new items is approved. After some initial delays with the textile companies, the maintenance team was able to move the old furniture on September 15th and install the new pieces the next day.

Historically, the new apartments have been home to a mix of furniture that has built up over the years. In the past, ResLife would upgrade the worst furniture with pieces they had on hand. Associate Director of Housing and Operations Josh Koch secured these new furniture sets so that all new apartments have new, durable items. “We replaced the old furniture as well as the items that were only added a few years ago,” he said. “In the process, we were able to standardize the furniture that was introduced in each of the different designs of the new apartments.”

Residents of the new apartments have received an email from Kusch informing them of the dates when the maintenance will result in the removal of the old furniture and the placement of the new furniture. Residents were told to name any personal items so as not to confuse college property with other items. The oldest and most unusable pieces of furniture have been discarded. Koch said the recently placed items will remain in ResLife’s possession and will be used elsewhere as needed.

The new living room furniture includes a range of soft seating, such as sofas and armchairs, as well as dining tables and chairs for larger apartments. Matthew Lestrange, 23, a resident of new condos, and his roommates got a new sofa and some chairs, which was a welcome change from the old and flaky ones they replaced. LesStrang is delighted with their new additions, but sees the gesture as just a small part of the renovations that need to be made to their residences. New Apts have had consistent health issues, such as mold. “The new apartments as a whole need a lot of work,” he said, “but I’m glad the college is making an effort to make things better.” “Maybe they will deal with the mold then.”

However, not everyone is satisfied with their furniture upgrades. Shea Humphries ’23 is one of the few lucky apartment dwellers whose initial furnishings were in such good condition. After being told they can’t keep their current furniture, Humphries and her roommates resent their new setup. I wrote in an email to Collegian. “Our feng shui has been destroyed.”

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