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Bessey Hall – alterations to first and second floors

Project phase: Archived

Project background

  • Instructional spaces in Bessey Hall are over 50 years old and are considered core instructional spaces.
  • This building houses 23 classrooms ranging in capacity from 24-338 seats, providing instructional space for a wide range of disciplines and serving thousands of students each day.
  • With the exception of the 2014 renovation of the third floor of Bessey Hall, the last major investment in these spaces occurred in the 1990's.
  • Renewed investment in these instructional resources is necessary to provide facilities and technology that enhance teaching and learning and contribute to student success.

Project details

  • Comprehensive renovations will create high-impact educational environments that:
    • Engage students in active learning
    • Provide opportunities for research and leadership in instructional methods
    • Foster innovation through technology rich environments

Project scope

  • Comprehensive renovation of the first and second-floor instructional space (including 11 classrooms and one lecture hall) to include: new ceilings, lighting, flooring, paint, marker boards, window treatments, technology and furniture
  • Renovation of adjacent corridors to provide student seating, collaboration and informal learning opportunities which will include: new ceiling, lighting, flooring, paint, electrical and furniture
  • Potential addition of a single use restroom, quiet study and testing spaces


  • Limited impact to adjacent academic and academic support functions
  • Project team will coordinate with building occupants


  • Construction start: May 8
  • Project completion: Aug. 16


  • $2,900,000 which includes a $234,000 contingency. This project will be funded by the facility reserve and teaching and learning environment funds.

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