Gleason Building prepares now for millennium
An architect's view of the new entrance off
parking lot J
Features such as
a multi-use, 130-seat auditorium with Internet access, an engineering
learning center and studio classrooms are only part of the changes
planned for the James E. Gleason Building. The $13-million project
will transform every corner of the 30-year-old building. Plans
include an addition on the southwest corner that will accommodate
software engineering on the ground floor and an auditorium on
the level above. The north entrance off parking lot J will be
upgraded and that area will include a commemoration to Kate
Gleason. Downstairs, the doors from the academic quad will open
into an informal gathering space called the Erdle Commons.
will allow us to enter a new era of engineering learning," says
Paul Petersen, dean of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
During the 1999
school year, construction workers, faculty and students will
share the building, as the renovation continues. The project
will be finished in fall 2000.