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Classroom Spaces

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

The University is continuing to increase the number of classrooms on campus.  

  • Guadalupe Hall: Opened in fall 2015, Guadalupe Hall provides the University with 14 classrooms for graduate education (including Education, Counseling Psychology, and Engineering), and helps relieve classroom pressure on the main campus
  • Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building: Opening in fall 2016, the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building will feature fifteen classrooms, studios, and lab spaces. Ten of the learning spaces will replace existing classrooms and studios in the old Fine Arts Building, and five will be new classrooms that are additions to the University’s inventory.

  • Fine Arts Building: The old Fine Arts Building will be renovated to yield 4-6 classrooms, a few lab spaces, and some office spaces available for use from fall 2016 to the completion of the STEM complex.

  • Charney Hall of Law: In fall 2017, the University will finish construction on the new home for the School of Law. The University will then be able to recover twelve classrooms in Bannan Hall and add them to the general inventory.

At the same time, two classrooms on campus will be eliminated to create enhanced informal living and learning spaces. Dunne Residence Hall will be renovated and Kennedy Commons will be removed in summer 2016. The removal of Kennedy Commons will create open space between Walsh-McLaughlin, Dunne, and Swig Halls. Originally intended as a shared space for the Residential Learning Communities and as a learning laboratory to test sustainable building components, Kennedy Commons has served the University well: sustainable and cost effective elements have been incorporated into new construction across campus, and lessons learned from the Kennedy structure have led to improved community spaces within the RLCs.

The  Advisory Committee to the Provost on Learning Spaces has recommended that the University prioritize the following principles in classroom design: 1. Visibility (to to ensure that students can see each other, the instructor, and any projections or monitors); 2. Environment (to ensure temperature and lighting conducive to learning) 3. Usable walls (multiple wall boards or writeable walls); 4. Adequate size (adequate space to facilitate diverse pedagogies); 5. Appropriate technologies and tech support; and 6. Alignment of pedagogy with design (for example, flexible classrooms with moveable chairs, desks or tables to support active learning).