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Eddy Hall getting long-awaited upgrade

May 14, 2014

Willard O. Eddy Hall, home to more than 10,000 students each week when classes are in session, is getting a major facelift.

Willard O. Eddy Hall, built in 1963, will undergo its first major renovation.

Work on a $12 million renovation of Eddy Hall begins May 27 and will take more than a year to complete. Eddy Hall, constructed in 1963, currently houses the English and Philosophy departments, and will house Ethnic Studies when complete. It has undergone no major renovation in its 51-year lifespan.

“We are very excited at the prospect of a remodeled and revitalized Eddy Hall,” said Ann Gill, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Undergraduate students from every CSU college attend classes in Eddy, so there will be much to celebrate when this project is completed.”

Grand entrance

The current 69,457 square-foot building will include nearly 3,500 square feet of additional space when completed. The highlight will be a two-story glass-enclosed entrance on the building’s east side that will both enhance the building’s aesthetic appeal and alleviate crowding at the entrance that is common at Eddy.

Other improvements include updated classrooms and faculty offices, wider hallways, new paint and new carpet. The building will also include community gathering places called “Eddy’s Eddies.”

Improvements inside and out

The building’s exterior will be re-clad in brick and stone to make it match the red sandstone theme on campus, and a landscaped plaza will be added.

Phase I of the project, set for completion in December, will focus on construction on the south and east sides of building. Phase II, which begins in January 2015 and is scheduled for completion in August 2015, will focus on the north and west sides of the building.

Working in shifts

Half of the English faculty will be in Eddy north hallway and half will be in Ingersoll southeast on the first and second floors during Phase I. In Phase II, half of the English faculty will be in Eddy south hallway and half will be in Ingersoll southeast on the first and second floors. The Writing Center will be in Johnson 119 for the duration of the project.

The philosophy department administration will be in Ingersoll southeast 166 for the duration of the project. In Phase I, philosophy faculty will be in Eddy north hallways. In Phase II, philosophy faculty will be in Eddy south hallway.

New home for Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies, currently located in Aylesworth, will be relocated to Eddy second floor (the old Communication Studies space) when the remodel is complete.