Steven Prater, Facilities Planning and Management, (515) 294-8213
Margaret Tabor, Facilities Planning and Management, (515) 294-5658
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720
BEARDSHEAR REMODELING IS UNDER WAY
AMES, Iowa -- Staff in much of Beardshear Hall moved out this summer to make way for the first phase of a major remodeling project that eventually will turn the ground floor into an expanded Student Answer Center.
When completed in November 2002, the $5.7 million, three-phase project will give students better access to university services, brighten Beardshear by opening the first floor atrium and improve the building's safety and accessibility.
Under the plan, the help desk on Beardshear's ground floor will become the focal point of a much-expanded Student Answer Center. It will include units from student financial aid, ISU Card, career planning and accounts receivables, as well as a branch office of the registrar's office.
Some of the dark finishes will be removed, additional lights will be added and doors replaced so people can see into offices before entering.
The Beardshear project calls for relocating and reorganizing some of the administrative offices on the second and third floors. No major changes are planned for the first floor, which houses the President, Provost and Vice President for Business offices.
Other changes include replacing the front steps, redoing the north entrance to make it handicap accessible, replacing the old elevator with a new one near the east entrance, adding new restrooms and remodeling the existing groundfloor restrooms, upgrading the building's electrical services and installing smoke exhaust fans in the atrium and additional fire sprinklers, Prater said.
The south entrance will be closed during the remodeling, but there will be access to the building from the north or west entries, as well as to the elevator, throughout construction. Handicap access will be available during the entire project.
The east-west sidewalk on the south side of Beardshear will be closed and the area fenced off as a storage area for construction materials. The east-west sidewalk on the north side of Carver Hall will remain open.
During the remodeling, it is a good idea to call ahead to determine the location of offices typically located in Beardshear. Phone numbers are expected to remain the same during construction. Updates of office locations are provided online at www.iastate.edu/Inside/beardshear/moves.html.
Where are they?
A major remodeling project of Beardshear Hall has resulted in the temporary relocation of several offices to the Wallace Road Office Building (formerly called the Child Development building), Pearson and new locations in Beardshear. Phones numbers should not change but many of the offices will have mailing addresses different from their actual office addresses. Here's where the relocated offices are:
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