After starting the process of programming in early 2007 and breaking ground on July 7 2010, the renovation of the TJ Day Hall (formally known as Northup Hall) will be completed on June 13.
The building will be furnished and open to faculty in August, John Hall, sustainability coordinator and director of capital planning and development, said.
An automatic, sustainable heating and cooling system; a new lighting system; advanced technology, including LED screens and new projectors, have been purchased for the three-story building.
The first level has six classrooms, which contain tables and chairs that can easily be moved for conferences or speeches. And it is equipped with Wi-Fi and has computer plug-ins at each table.
The second level contains the Linfield Center for the Northwest, classrooms and the Department of Business with a computer lab, which will have student swipe card access.
The third level houses the Writing Center and offices for the departments of English, philosophy and economics.
Hall said that the new classrooms help to increase classroom capability on campus by 27 percent and have twice the number of white boards than standard classrooms.
Hall also said the building has large windows, which allows more natural light to enter the room. The inside temperature will be controlled automatically through an air-conditioning system that uses water pulled from the basement to the upper levels.
Because of security concerns with the new technology, Hall said a camera will be installed in the hallway on the second level, and the building’s security will record daily swipe card access. He also said he hopes students will not allow strangers to enter the building.
by Jaffy Xiao/Online editor
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