Classroom Renovations

Peter Bedrosian, Classroom Facilities Manager, Registrar's Office

Current and Future Renovations

As you may have noticed in walking through the Main Group, extensive classroom renovations are underway in Buildings 2 and 4. Three lecture halls and one seminar room are undergoing major upgrades and will be ready for classes in the spring of 2014. Highlights include converting 4-270 and 4-370 from flat floor rooms to tiered lecture halls. New seating will now offer excellent sightlines, oversized tablets and electrical outlets located in the armrests. Other improvements include air conditioning, lecture capture technology, LCD video projectors, motorized projection screens and window shades.

Two additional projects in Buildings 2 and E52 will begin this summer, running concurrently with the above projects through completion in 2015. These projects are part of a campus-wide renewal initiative to upgrade entire buildings during one construction cycle. This cost-efficient approach addresses many building deficiencies at the same time, but requires all occupants to be relocated during construction. The classrooms in these projects include lecture hall 2-190 and ten classrooms on the first floor of building 2 and lecture hall E52-175. Both lecture halls will see improvements similar to what is described above for 4-270 and 4-370. Improvements to the ten classrooms in Building 2 include new lighting, improved climate control, Av systems, motorized window shades, and updated room finishes.

New Classrooms in E17

As part of a broader plan to provide supplemental classroom space while a large number of classrooms are offline for renovation, a cluster of six new classrooms that has been under construction since last fall was recently completed in E17.

E17 Classroom

Former laboratory space on the first floor provided enough square footage for six classrooms, which seat 30-40 students, and two group-study rooms, which accommodate 4-5 students each. The classrooms are outfitted with tables and chairs, sliding chalkboards, LCD video projectors, and motorized projection screens. Reconfiguring the rooms to support varying learning environments is made easy with lightweight chairs and tables equipped with hidden casters.

E17 HallwayThe hallway linking the rooms has built-in bench seating with electrical outlets and wall mounted chalkboards to support before and after class discussions.

The overall design of grouping classrooms with study spaces and providing adjacent, active waiting areas was intentional. Based on previous studies and feedback from students, we know students learn both inside and outside the conventional classroom, and this “village” environment fosters learning by providing study areas outside and near classrooms. Other examples on campus include the “student street” on the first floor of Building 32 and the first and second floors of the new Sloan building, E62.