Extreme makeover: Hartman Hall edition
Todd Miller | Collegio writer
Construction activity centered on the southeastern end of the Oval last month as construction crews began working on Hartman Hall.
Hartman has not been fully used the last few years. Some of the lower floors are used as a physical plant and the third floor houses the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. The second floor is being used as storage space. This leaves some wondering why the university is working on renovating a mostly empty building.
“As part of the university’s 10-year master plan, we plan on turning the building back to academic use,” said Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning. Stewart said Hartman was evaluated to be in too good a location on campus to not be utilized for holding classes, and the administration wants to take advantage of it.
Stewart says the decisio
n is largely based on the fact that several classes in too-small classrooms quickly get full, while underfilled classes in larger rooms could be better utilized. Reopening Hartman to academia will take some of the pressure off other classes and classrooms by adding more space for modest-sized classes.
Hartman Hall, according to Stewart, is one of several remodeling projects outlined in the 10-year master plan, similar to the remodeling of Whitesitt Hall last year.
Stewart said that the physical plant offices, Hartman’s primary use, will be moved to the east side of campus, but the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology will remain on the third floor of the building.
Although Hartman is being prepared for the next couple of years to house classes, Stewart says the building is mainly being restored, not getting remodeled because, right now, the university doesn’t have the money to do it.
“We plan on doing mainstream restoration this year,” said Stewart. “Next year, we’ll be replacing all of the windows. That’s as far as restoration will go. We don’t have the funds to completely remodel the building.”
According to Stewart, mainstream restoration primarily consists of replacing parts of the roof and fixing up parts of the outer walls. The older windows will be replaced by more energy-efficient models.
Stewart says Hartman Hall will be ready to hold classes in a few semesters, once restorations on the building have been completed.