New automatic doors installed in Oak Hall


The newly installed sliding doors at the Student Union facing entrance of the Oak building has been giving students some trouble. (Eric Wang/ The Daily Campus)

The outside doors at the main entrance of Oak Hall at the University of Connecticut were removed over Thanksgiving break to make room for automatic, motion-sensor doors, according to university spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz.

The new set of doors is located at the entrance closest to Homer Babbidge Library off of Fairfield Way.

“The old doors were in need of replacement, so the new ones were installed last week,” Reitz said in an email.

On Tuesday, repairs were made to the new doors because of an issue in the set-up on the tracks of the entrances.

“There was a calibration issue (Tuesday) morning, but it was repaired in the afternoon,” Reitz said. “(The doors) were up and running by (Tuesday) afternoon.”

Autumn Ives, a seventh-semester economics major, said the reparations should alleviate any concerns students may have had with the old model.

“The (old) oak doors were heavy and hard to open and that can help with traffic,” Ives said.

Ives said she questions the opening speed of the new doors and whether they will ultimately be beneficial for students entering and leaving the building.

“I don’t know how fast their response is,” Ives said. “I know the doors to McHugh Hall are slow and I almost walk right into them.”

Taylor Harton is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at

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