If you've been to visit us recently, you may have noticed that we're under construction. About three years ago, we completely renovated our classroom wing - all our classrooms are now fully wired for internet and electricity at every seat, acoustics and aesthetics were all upgraded, and the seats are much more comfortable. The renovation was a great success, so we moved on to the library.
Our building was built in 1959 and designed by the famed architect Eero Saarinen. The famous shell of our library (known to some as the "big glass box") remains untouched, but the inside is changing quite a bit. We're renovating all the faculty offices on floors four, five, and six; creating a student services office on the entire south half of the third floor, and updating the appearance and functionality of our book shelving. Perhaps most important to most readers of this blog, we're radically changing much of the student study space to reflect the myriad ways our students study today. We're creating more conference rooms and open group study space, integrating both soft seating and traditional study carrels, and upgrading the lighting and connectivity. We expect to complete these renovations in November 2007, and look forward to our students, faculty, and staff getting great use out of them.
Some photos of the recently re-opened sixth floor are below. We're working on the finishing details now, and the fifth floor is currently closed for massive renovation work.