Two of the first classroom buildings on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus are getting a multi-million dollar facelift.
The remodeling will mean major changes on campus now and in the future. Classes are being shuffled and offices are being relocated during the construction. But in the end, the renovated classrooms, offices and common areas are expected to be a big improvement.
“Our classroom capacity will be significantly enhanced with the added bonus of all rooms being equipped with the latest technology,” said Tim Sewall, associate provost for academic affairs.
Remodeling at John M. Rose Hall started in late September and is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 20, according to Paul Pinkston, director of facilities and planning at UW-Green Bay.
Rose Hall was originally called the Community Sciences Building. It was built in 1974. The building was renamed for John H. “Jake” Rose on Feb. 2, 1990. Rose, a prominent businessman in Green Bay, served as president of Kellogg Bank for more than 30 years.
The third floor of Rose Hall will house the Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies, Nursing, NEW Partnership and Social Work. The second floor lecture hall will be remodeled and will seat 260 people. New chairs and wall carpet will be installed.
Work on L.G. Wood Hall is expected to begin in Jan. 2011 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.
Wood Hall, originally known as the Socio-Ecology Building, was built in 1974. It was renamed and dedicated to Lester G. Wood on Sept. 6, 1985. Wood, president and C.E.O. of Paper Converting Machine Company, played a prominent role in the creation of UW-Green Bay. Wood was one of the University’s chief supporters until his death in 1969.
Eleven classrooms will be taken off line for the spring semester because of the construction. That means classes will be shifted to other rooms on campus. As a result, more classes will be scheduled in the early morning and evening to accommodate all of the offerings.
Once completed, the first three floors of Wood Hall will have a total of 15 general classrooms all featuring screens, computers and projectors.
The fourth floor of Wood Hall will be home to the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, First Nation Studies, Education, Institute for Learning Partnership and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
The 70’s-style lounge areas, commonly referred to as the “people pockets,” will be eliminated in favor of several new, quiet study areas.
Howard Immel Inc. out of Green Bay was selected as the general contractor for the remodeling project. The original budget for the project was $6.7 million dollars but the costs will be well under that amount, according to Pinkston. The bids came in nearly $2 million dollars under budget.