As passersby can tell from the scaffolding and yellow tape around parts of the building, Winthrop University's Tillman Hall is getting a facelift.
Tillman is undergoing a $6.7 million renovation, thanks to money from the state. The project includes a new roof, new air conditioning and heating systems and new windows.
Everything should be complete in about a year to 18 months.
"It's going to help take a building that's already stood since 1894 and help give that building another 100 years of life," said Walter Hardin, associate vice president for facilities management.
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The scaffolding gives workers access to the roof.
Redoing the roof of a typical house would cost about $7,000, Hardin said. Tillman has cost $1.5 million and has taken almost a year.
Workers have taken special care to remove the original slate so it can be put back on after woodwork underneath is repaired.
Hardin said workers will move toward making the vacant fourth and fifth floors usable again, provided the budget will allow it.
"We'll have to add a staircase, which is not an easy thing to do in a building that was built in 1894," he said.
The extra staircase would be needed to bring the building up to fire codes.
Hardin said the classroom space has not been used for decades.
"It's like walking back in time," he said.
In addition to these renovations, workers will upgrade the sound system in Tillman Tower as soon as the roof work is done, said James Hammond, associate vice president for information technology.
"This upgrade is occurring so we can more easily integrate the safety component, which basically consists of us being able to play a special alert sound," he said.