New interior transforms Chemistry Building
In January, classes resumed in the newly renovated Chemistry Building. The 84-year-old building had been closed since last May to complete the renovations resulting in a major interior face-lift.
The project included renovations to the hallways and lobby area with new ceilings, painted and porcelain–tiled walls as well as a new heating and cooling system.
Renovations were also completed on offices on the main level, several second-floor classrooms and the Chemistry Club room. The first floor bathrooms were also upgraded with new fixtures and counters.
The main lecture hall (room 114) was transformed with 12 rows of tiered seating to accommodate about 200 students. The upper rows have seats with fold-down desktops and the lower tiers have tables and chairs with electrical service for student computers. The instructor’s platform includes a smart lectern, ceiling-mounted projectors and an expansive white board. In addition to classes held in the lecture hall, the space can now be used for major presentations on campus. The first event in the lecture hall was a standing-room-only presentation by former General Motors Executive Bob Lutz, Jan. 29.
Donor gifts assisted in funding the building renovation, including a major gift from the estate of engineering alumnus James Dirkes ’50. The next stage of building renovations will encompass further renovations of the Chemistry laboratories once funds have been raised.