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May 1, 2014

Lawrence renovations planned

IMG_0642With the approval of the trustees’ property and facilities committee on April 28, a $7,362,000 renovation project of David Lawrence Hall can begin.

Chief among the project’s objectives is renovating the auditorium in the campus’s largest classroom building into two lecture halls with capacities of 332 and 571 students.

The renovations will reduce the distance between the instructor and the student. Each room will have upgraded acoustics and audio-video technology.

In addition, a second-floor mezzanine will host three new 50-seat classrooms.

“The renovation of the auditorium is going to greatly improve instruction and the new second-floor classrooms will provide much needed instructional space,” Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson said via teleconference.

Other renovations will include the addition of seating areas in the lobby, changes to the stairwells to improve traffic flow, replacement of the vestibule at the Forbes Avenue entrance, expansions to the ground floor restrooms and lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems upgrades.

The renovations are expected to  create 36 construction jobs and 14 support jobs.

—Alex Oltmanns