- Several classrooms on the ground floor — G26 on the Bigelow Boulevard side of the building and four smaller rooms — were refreshed over the summer and glass was added to the entrances to make them more inviting. The other big classroom on the ground floor, G8, won’t be done until December, because part of its sloped floor is being leveled to make the space more versatile and accessible.
- In the Commons Room, ADA ramps were added to make the central area accessible and were opened this week. Temporary railings are in place now and then over Thanksgiving, permanent ornate guardrails will be installed.
- The bathrooms on the second and third floors, which were as old as the building, are being completely redone. This summer, the men’s rooms were completed first, because of a leak into the chancellor’s office. The women’s restrooms will be worked on next summer.
- The Office of the Provost now covers the entire eighth floor. The former offices of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science program were gutted and rebuilt, with raised ceilings that make the ornate windows visible and offices along a central bullpen. There also is a new reception desk in the hallway as you exit the elevators. The redone space houses staff members for the provost, but Provost Ann Cudd’s office is mostly unchanged.
- The Philippine Nationality Room, the 31st room in the Cathedral of Learning dedicated to a specific culture, was dedicated in early June.
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