As part of the Campus Framework, the University invested more than $9 million in summer 2016 on a slate of renovations to academic spaces on campus to make that happen.
The Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Office of Campus Planning, Design, and Construction (CPDC) updated technology and academic spaces in more than a dozen buildings, including Carnegie Library, the Center for Science and Technology, Hall of Languages, the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, the Physics Building, the Shaffer Art Building, and Crouse Hinds, Eggers, Flint, Haven, Link, Lyman, MacNaughton, Slocum, and White halls.
“Providing a high-caliber environment that fosters learning, teaching, and innovation is not only consistent with our Academic Strategic Plan, it’s also critical to attracting and retaining high-achieving students and world-class faculty scholars,” says Michele G. Wheatly, vice chancellor and provost. “The work done by ITS and CPDC enhances the student experience, elevates classroom learning and teaching, and generates new opportunity for student and faculty researchers.”
The work included Americans with Disabilities Act improvements; audio and visual system upgrades; the installation of new smart teaching stations; complete technology overhauls; classroom and auditorium renovations; furniture replacements; and the creation of new seminar rooms, meeting rooms, and classrooms. The updates provide new ways to engage with students and more ways for students to interact and participate in classroom learning. Many of the projects also enhance research excellence, such as renovation of space in the Heroy Geology Building to house the new National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship Program that focuses on the interface of water and energy cycles.