Angell Hall Campus Computing Site Reopening!
After a busy summer of planning and construction, the Angell Hall Campus Computing Site finally reopened on the first day of classes for Fall term.
About the Renovation
The Angell Courtyard Computer Lab opened in 1989 and, not counting minor updates, is essentially the same space that opened nearly a quarter century ago. It is now time to revisit the space and to update it for the needs of today and tomorrow.
The lab will remain the signature "Fishbowl" with a large number of individual workstations, but we'll be bringing a number of other types of work spaces into the mix to make it more relevant to the way people work today. There will be a new emphasis on collaborative work and the use of personal technologies.
Here is what else you should expect:
- A mix of new furniture and workspace settings including:
- More collaborative group work areas with table and chairs for spreading out
- Addition of lounge furniture and soft seating
- A higher overall seating capacity with more efficient use of space
- USB charging and/or power plugs at every computer station and most lounge seats
- A second entrance on the South side of the lab for improved traffic flow (direct access from the Angell Auditoriums wing)
- Improved flow and accessibility for those in wheelchairs
- Completely refurbished computer classrooms (new A/V, furniture, carpet, paint, and lighting)
- Sustainable features include:
- Improved air handling system that will make the site much more comfortable and more energy efficient
- Highly efficient lighting and improved controls to turn off lights if enough sunlight is coming through the skylights; occupancy sensors in the classrooms
- Addition of light reflective film on the skylights to reduce the buildup of heat in the space
- Use of reclaimed wood from deconstructed buildings in all wood paneling
- Recycled content in the carpet and furniture fabric
- Low or zero VOC content in all paints and sealants
- Life/safety system updates, like improvements to the fire detection and suppression systems in the facility