Newly Renovated Lamar Hall Offers Additional Classrooms
With the opening of the Robert C. Khayat Law Center in 2011, the former law school housed in Lamar Hall needed a new purpose.
“Extensive renovations are occurring at Lamar Hall to rejuvenate the former Law Center into much needed classroom space,” said Ian Banner, director of facilities planning and university architect.
Construction began in February 2012 and will continue until April 2014. Spaces will open incrementally until the renovation is complete with Phase I opening for classes this fall.
The finished project will yield multiple office suites and 26 new general use classrooms, including the refurbishment of four existing classrooms. The original open-ground, floor level has been renovated to provide four, one-hundred seat, tiered classrooms.
The renovation set about solving the orientation problems experienced by many of its occupants.
“Now, a new central staircase and elevator shafts clearly mark the south end of the building forming a strong visual reference point as well as being the major focus for vertical circulation,” said Banner. “Building services have been upgraded to include a new mechanical system, new lighting and a centralized food service outlet.”