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Renovation of C&F nearly done; move scheduled week of July 12

Gerald Cavanagh, S.J. (far left), and Dean Bahman Mirshab (far right) accompany members of the CBA Alumni Board on a tour of the renovated C & F Building.

The transformation of the Commerce and Finance Building is almost complete. Workers are outside landscaping and pouring concrete for sidewalks, while inside they are painting and laying tile. Once the finishing touches are complete, CBA faculty and staff will relocate from their temporary offices in Lansing-Reilly Hall to their improved home. The move is scheduled for the week of July 12, 2004.

The renovated building will represent technology’s cutting edge. All classrooms will be equipped with a ceiling-mounted data projector connected to a podium containing the standard VCR/DVD player as well as a sound system. Each podium will be equipped with a laptop drop for easy plug-in, or the presenter may chose to use the built-in computer system. The podium-style classroom configurations may be grouped to share information, so that one classroom may broadcast to other data projectors throughout the building.

In addition to the technology-enhanced classrooms, two computer labs have been installed, each with 30 brand-new computers and flat-panel monitors, and cable TV will be available in the classrooms upon request and in several locations in the building at all times.

The C&F renovation began with Phase One, completed in October 2000. It involved window replacement, roof repairs, and the cleaning and repair of the building’s exterior sand stone veneer.

The second phase began in July 2003 and included a complete overhaul of the building’s interior, yielding new classrooms, offices, alumni and college board rooms, plus new student welcoming and study centers. A terracotta, cream and charcoal gray color scheme was developed with the architects, TMP Associates, Inc., to give the new interior a cohesive look and friendly atmosphere. The renovation also includes an elevator and a new entrance equipped with handicap ramps.

“In the fall of 2004, our students will return to a brand new, totally modern environment,” says Dean Bahman Mirshab. With the newly renovated building, “the College will continue to provide quality business education based on ethics attuned to the times.”

For more pictures of the renovation, visit the CBA web site and click on the link under Phase II renovation.