Several projects and renovations have transformed the 58-year-old Law School building this past year as part of a long-term plan to enhance its facilities. “The condition of the space in which we learn and work can communicate a great deal about the Law School’s commitment to the success of its students, faculty and staff,” said Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer Michael Dean. “I think the most recent renovations, and those forthcoming, are a reflection of our priority at the Law School to continuously improve our learning and working environment."
5,000 square feet on the third floor, previously occupied by a Medical School laboratory, has become a small conference or seminar room, a 40-seat courtroom flexibly designed to double as a classroom, storage space, nine additional faculty offices, and a lobby and seating area.
The front lawn now has new brick and mortar signage matching the architecture of the building. The sign includes a bronze plaque in memory of Lauren Giddings ‘11. The plaque and sign were funded through donations from her classmates, faculty and staff.
The new trophy case outside the first-floor courtroom holds more than 140 awards. The case is 10.5 feet high and 18 feet long, with crown molding and mirrored glass to reflect the “green” halogen lights, using less electricity and producing less heat.
State-of-the-art, touch-free Brita Hydration Stations have replaced water fountains on all three floors of the south wing of the building.
Additionally, the south wing restrooms on all three floors have been entirely redone to reflect a more modern design.