April 25, 2011
Lake Erie College to Dedicate Austin Hall of Science
President Michael T. Victor is pleased to announce the dedication ceremony of the recently renovated Austin Hall of Science. The event, open to the community, will be held on May 3 at noon on the Lake Erie College campus.
Built in 1964, the Austin Hall of Science had spent nearly 50 years as a steel and concrete structure with pre-cast concrete exterior wall and window panels of a then-modern design. The building has been given a new exterior wall of red brick with stone accents and energy efficient double-hung windows.
The interior features state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories that have all been rebuilt and upgraded to serve the college's chemistry, math, environmental science and pre-veterinary programs. A new elevator provides handicap accessibility as well as provides ease of transporting supplies to all floors of the building. The center area of each floor is an open common area for students and faculty to meet, study and share information in an informal setting.
The project reworked an old footprint to meet functional needs that were unmet in the original design. The initial layout couldn’t meet the needs of an increased student body and had just one lavatory on each floor, a dumb-waiter to transport laboratory materials and provided little accommodation for handicap accessibility.
The new, upgraded laboratories will allow professors and students to delve deeper into the sciences complete with improved safety standards and modern lab tables and hoods in the science laboratories. The classrooms in Austin Hall have also been outfitted with the latest educational technology, to be in-step with a majority of the classrooms on campus.
Made possible through a multi-million dollar anonymous gift, the building was renovated to increase its functionality while improving its aesthetic appeal. Positioned near the main entrance of the campus, the building renovation began in 2009 and was designed by Cleveland-based firm, Westlake Reed Leskosky.
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