The renovation currently occurring in Harper Memorial Library will continue for the next few months, to be completed by early 2015, according to Facilities Services. The construction began last month. Classrooms, the lecture theater, and restrooms located on the first floor of the library will all be renovated.
“The classrooms and theater will be modernized to enhance student engagement through the use of state-of-the-art technology and flexible, comfortable furnishings,” Kate Simmons, the associate university registrar, wrote in an e-mail. Simmons expects the renovated learning space to create additional opportunities for students to study and interact.
According to Simmons, upgrades to the mechanical, plumbing, electrical, flooring, and lighting systems will be in compliance with all Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. A new single-user bathroom will also be installed.
The corridor that connects both wings of Harper will be inaccessible during the renovation. Access to West Harper and East Harper through the Wieboldt and Social Sciences buildings, respectively, will remain open for students and faculty members. Evening classes and student activities will still be held in the east wing of Harper.