Great strides have been made over the summer on the Glass Hall renovation and expansion project. With faculty and staff vacated from the building for the summer, DeWitt & Associates was granted full access for 11 weeks. At times, there have been over 150 workers in and around Glass Hall.
Robert Gourley Student Success Center
The Robert Gourley Student Success Center expansion is taking shape. The concrete has been poured for each of the four floors; and, roof installation has begun with the goal of having it watertight by October. The sidewalk on the north side, part of which is heated to help address icing issues, has also been installed between Glass Hall and the Allison South stadium.
Renovation of the existing space
Inside the existing Glass Hall space, a new fire suppression system has been installed. Each of the upper-floor hallways has new carpet, freshly painted walls and new LED lights. Numerous HVAC units were raised on these floors, as well, to accommodate higher ceilings. The combination of new lights and higher ceilings gives the space a vibrant and open feeling.
Departmental offices on the upper floors have new carpet and paint as well as larger entrances with glass walls and doors. These new
entrances will help orient all who enter Glass Hall and will make it easier to distinguish between departments.
On the first floor, the entire exterior wall on the south side has been removed; and, on the north side a large section has been removed. A new foundation is in place, in both of these areas, to support the new glass exterior walls. When these new walls are complete, students will have a great view of the mall while studying or socializing in collaborative spaces in the south hallway that will span the length of the building. Students will also have a great view of the Allison South Stadium while sitting inside Einstein Brothers Bagels on the north side of the building. Einstein Brothers Bagels is set to open in fall of 2017.
The new vending area on the first floor behind the north elevators is almost complete and is set to open in fall of 2016. New terrazzo flooring has been installed in several areas of the first floor and will eventually be installed on all of the main hallways of this floor.
Glass Hall Reopened August 2016
Glass Hall reopened to faculty, staff, students, and visitors on August 15, after an eleven week closure. Most areas of the existing space are open for the fall 2016 semester. However, there are still a few active construction zones and work will continue on both the existing space and student success center until all work is completed in fall 2017.
Stay in the know on this project
To remain up to date on this project, please visit our website. You can also watch a live video feed throughout the project for a real-time view of the action. If you will be visiting Glass Hall during the fall 2016 semester, please visit the following website for additional information.