The 1800 Building is long overdue for a facelift. It hasn’t had any major improvements in its 40+ years, and now, beginning Spring Quarter, renovation will begin on the building, including all eight classrooms, with completion expected before Fall Quarter. “The renovation will greatly improve the learning environment for both students and instructors,” said Facilities Director, Bob Roehl.
Facilities worked closely with the architect, electrical engineer, project manager, faculty representatives, Media Services, and Technology Support Services to ensure that the classrooms accommodate today’s electrical and technological needs, as well as prepare for future technological and SMART classroom upgrades and wireless environments. Strategic placement of conduits and/or wiring will provide easier installation of future media equipment as funds become available to purchase them. New lighting flush with the ceiling will open up space for the media equipment and screen use, making it easier for students to see from their seats.
An important upgrade to the classrooms was improving the usability for both faculty and students. This will be accomplished by setting up each classroom so there can be an instructional podium (where instructors are facing the students and media equipment can be installed underneath), installed at one side of the classroom and an electronic projection screen placed in a location that allows for whiteboard space to always be available for the instructor to write down points concerning what is presented on the projection screen. Also, light switches will be placed where the instructors can easily use them.
Several building upgrades will not be as visible, but will be equally important facets of the renovation. They include meeting current ADA code requirements, new gas service, new HVAC system, and new fire/sprinkler system and a new roof.
The Move-Out Schedule
The move-out schedule begins next week with computer and media equipment, overhead carts and projectors, LCD projectors, whiteboards, furniture, and other items being labeled and moved to temporary storage locations. A detailed list of the move-out schedule is attached. Set-up of temporary classrooms will occur during the week of March 23. See Schedule.
Where will the classes be held during the remodel?
Schedule Coordinator Steve Gibler said that things are set for Spring Quarter. “Classes will be held in a number of dedicated spaces across campus,” including FOSS rooms 5100 (old student lounge), 5101 (old Bookstore), PUB conference rooms 9102, 9201, 9202 and 9208 (Quiet Dining Room), and the Board Room. These rooms will mostly be used as classrooms during the morning class time up to 12:30 p.m.
“We are ready for classes,” said Gibler. He said that teaching accoutrements such as whiteboards have been earmarked for these temporary classroom spaces.
Summer Quarter will be a much smoother process. Gibler said that there should be adequate available classroom space to accommodate all summer classes.
The 1800 Building is due to come back online before next Fall Quarter.