The Cornett Hall Renovation, started Summer of 2017, is now well underway. There is a growing excitement on campus as the plans on paper turn into highly functional learning and innovation spaces. Built in 1964, this is the first comprehensive renovation in the building’s 50+ year history. The renovation will address needed improvements of life safety and accessibility while creating a building that combines collaborative work space, engineering labs, classrooms and offices as a multidisciplinary center.
The interior east wing renovations will be complete May 2018, and the project continues to run on schedule and within budget. The west wing renovations will begin Summer 2018 as will Phase II, exterior improvements. Exterior improvements include: new metal siding and exterior paint, new membrane roof and expanded lobby areas.
A unique feature to the project is a “strong wall / strong floor” that enables structural engineering students to do advanced material strength testing. Also, most labs feature corridor view panels that allow greater visibility, interaction and collaboration.
The complete renovation of Cornett Hall will increase capacity, provide updated lab spaces, a maker-space, student study areas and an upgrade of the center courtyard. The entire renovation, both Phase I and Phase II, will be complete by the Spring of 2020.