Braunstein Hall Rededication Set for April 24
Date: April 19, 2001
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
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The final moves into the newly refurbished Braunstein Hall are expected to be complete in time for its official rededication on Tuesday, April 24. The building provides new headquarters for the anthropology and geography departments and new instructional spaces for the physics department.
This marks the first major renovation of Braunstein, with its Art Deco exterior, since its opening in 1930, said Peter Luken, senior project manager in Construction Management. A 1950s' addition to the east wing of the building was the only other major renovation to the building in the last 70 years.
Most of the recent major refurbishments took place on the third and fourth levels of the building. On the lower two levels, fresh paint has been applied and new utility systems installed.
Brighter lighting, new oak woodwork, new walls and ceilings, and arched hallways replace the building's prior dimness and dreariness on the third and fourth levels, said Luken. The third-floor entry level now houses general-purpose classrooms, physics lecture rooms and displays, and physics labs. The fourth floor offers new offices and labs for geography and anthropology, both formerly located in Swift Hall.
The ground level entrance now greets visitors with newly polished bronze doors and reconditioned marble near the front door. Display cases and inset wooden benches also grace the third and fourth floors. There are also seating areas to permit student lounging.
All the new classrooms have been equipped with modern multi-media capabilities, according to Luken. New electrical, data and phone wiring have been installed, as well as a new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system and new fire protection system. Building mechanical systems and facilities management systems are consolidated on the second and first levels. Three lecture rooms are equipped with data and power outlets at each seat to accommodate students' laptop computers.
Ben Richards, architect for Champlin Haupt, said one of the design team's objectives was to "give the building interior an identity that was lacking." The project's overall cost was $13,355,000.
The rededication begins at 3:45 p.m. in the lobby, with a lecture by Billie Lee Turner of Clark University at 4 p.m. in Room 300 and public tours at 5 p.m.. Food and refreshments will be served. All events are free and open to the public.