Ongoing Classroom Renovations and Upgrades

April 2012

Overview

The University is committed to renovating and upgrading its inventory of over 120 Registrar-controlled classrooms and instructional science (wet) labs. The work of the Facilities Office is guided by the Provost's Classroom Advisory Committee (composed of faculty and staff from across the University). This committee, which meets regularly, helps assess the condition of these spaces and guides decisions on which classroom and lab spaces are prioritized for renovation. The committee, too, helps determine the layout of the spaces and selects the type of furniture and level of technology. Since the renovation work is time consuming - and since these classrooms and labs are used year-round - this work is phased over multiple years to ensure that the University has sufficient inventory available to support its classroom needs.

Flexibility

It is the intent of the University to renovate classrooms in the manner that best serves modern teaching and learning needs. All classroom renovation projects include presentation technology and internet access, as well as flexible furnishings, and expanded writing surfaces (whiteboards) based on faculty feedback to the Classroom Committee. Furnishings and equipment are selected with the goal of accommodating a variety of teaching methodologies, including team-based learning.

Summary of Recently Completed Work

  • Six classrooms (BI 152, CH 151, ED 120, LC 11 & 12, PH 116) have been renovated/refreshed and furnishings upgraded, including use of some new "Node" tablet arm chairs that allow the easy rearrangement of students into groups or rows as educational needs dictate
  • A new 25 station “Mac” computer classroom has been created (LC 13)
  • ED 120, HU 122 and ES 147 have been refreshed with new furniture and equipment
  • Science labs in Physics (119), Biology (145), and Chemistry (140, 145, 146) have been renovated/refreshed as part of an ongoing project to renovate laboratory classrooms
  • Science labs in Physics (119), Biology (145), and Chemistry (140, 145, 146) have been renovated/refreshed as part of an ongoing project to renovate laboratory classrooms
  • Campus-wide, classroom lighting has been upgraded as part of a conditions improvement and energy-saving lighting project

Additional classroom renovations are underway or planned including:

  • Phase 4 of the Classrooms Renovations project has kicked off with a budget of $1.6Mand 14,500SF of classrooms and class laboratories slated for work
  • Among other projects, Phase 4 will see the creation of two flexible (multipurpose) spaces (HU 38-41) that will support an environment where faculty can “test” innovative instructional approaches and technologies, record lectures for internet delivery or instructional purposes, and run interactive video-based trainings and workshops
  • The new Business School Building, with site-work and foundations underway will provide 28 new, flexible, and modern classrooms spaces for general University use
  • Selected upgrades are being undertaken in 11 classrooms to give them greater near term functionality before the Business Administration building undergoes a gut renovation

Questions and Comments Regarding Projects

For future classroom planning matters, please contact Christopher Bischoff at 442-3400

For classroom construction matters, please contact Trish Meyer at 442-3436

For all general classroom inquiries; and or to provide feedback on classroom needs and ideas, please email Registrar Karen Chico Hurst


Selected Project Photos

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    Biology 152

    Classroom Renovations: Biology
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    Biology 154

    Classroom Renovations: Biology
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    Biology 154

    Classroom Renovations: Biology
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    Biology 155

    Classroom Renovations: Biology
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    Biology 155

    Classroom Renovations: Biology
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    Chemistry 145

    Classroom Renovations: Chemistry
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    Chemistry 145

    Classroom Renovations: Chemistry
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    Chemistry 146

    Classroom Renovations: Chemistry
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    Chemistry 146

    Classroom Renovations: Chemistry
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    Chemistry 146

    Classroom Renovations: Chemistry
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    Chemistry 146

    Classroom Renovations: Chemistry
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    Chemistry 151

    Classroom Renovations: Chemistry
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    Chemistry 151

    Classroom Renovations: Chemistry
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    Education 120

    Classroom Renovations: Education
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    Lecture Center 011

    Classroom Renovations: Lecture Center
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    Lecture Center 012

    Classroom Renovations: Lecture Center
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    Lecture Center 013

    Classroom Renovations: Lecture Center
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    Lecture Center 013

    Classroom Renovations: Lecture Center
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    Physics 116

    Classroom Renovations: Physics
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    Physics 116

    Classroom Renovations: Physics
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    Physics 116

    Classroom Renovations: Physics
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    Physics 116

    Classroom Renovations: Physics
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    Physics 229

    Classroom Renovations: Physics
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    Physics 229

    Classroom Renovations: Physics
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    Physics 229

    Classroom Renovations: Physics
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    Physics 229

    Classroom Renovations: Physics