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Construction underway in Akerman Hall

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Paul Dye

The AEM main office is in final stages of preparation for a remodeling that will yield more office space and two new student lounges in Akerman Hall.

There has been some dust around Akerman Hall as of late; this is from several construction projects aimed at one main goal: creating more space for students.

Two student lounges - one for graduate students and one for undergraduates - will soon come to be as part of the new initiative. 

The student lounges will serve both as relaxation areas and working space. Apart from spending their free time in the lounge, students may also hold study groups, discussions and meetings in the lounges.

The new space means some shuffling in the short term: the AEM main office has moved one door down to 101, directly adjacent to 107. Accounting is temporarily in the old shop space, Akerman Hall 130. The new office space is the result of reducing the department head's office by 50 percent. The new students lounges will serve as work and study space as weill as an opportunity for students to interact with their colleagues.

In a few short months, Akerman 305 and 305A, headquarters to the AIAA student group and a computer lab, respectively, will be transformed into an undergraduate student lounge/AIAA student group shared space. Akerman 118 and 120 will soon turn into the graduate student lounge.

The main office redesign will allow the staff to better serve our students and visitors while creating additional office space, according to Department Head Gary Balas.

"Our goal is to create an overall environment within Akerman Hall that is conducive to student-initiated academic study beyond the scope of the coursework," he said.

Renovation started on March 10 with the gutting of existing rooms, and is expected to be complete by the middle of May.

Undergraduate Student Lounge
Proposed Undergraduate Lounge.

Undergraduate Student Lounge
Proposed Graduate Student Lounge

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