Thursday, August 29, 2019

Renovations Give Warf a Complete Makeover

I speak from experience when I say the old Warf Math and Science Building on the Gallatin campus was narrower, dingier, and there were no real areas for students to relax.  The new Warf, after a year of renovations, is much more welcoming.
Freshman Danny Dean

The first thing you notice about the renovations are the aesthetic changes, like added student lounges, updated safety functions and a new, modern look.  “The renovations make [Vol State] look more modern, more up-to-date… not like you’re in prison,” said freshman Danny Dean.

Before renovations, Warf was a little cramped for students and faculty.  The renovations opened up the hallways, created more spaces for students to relax.  
Sophomore Harley Keene
“It’s all new, so everything is clean and fresh,” said sophomore Harley Keene, “The design is nice!  I think it definitely gives everyone a lot more room.  I think the faculty is definitely happy to have new offices and that the students aren’t as spread out.”

Warf is the oldest building on campus, as it was originally constructed in the 1970s.  The 2018-2019 renovations included necessary updates designed to benefit students and faculty.  “We’ve put a lot of thought into the way things ought to be, rather than the way an architect back in the 70s designed the building,” said Tom Ekman, dean of Math and Science. 

Sophomore Haley Cook in one of Warf's student lounges.
A few of the most notable renovations included new office spaces for faculty, a 6,000 square-foot Mechatronics wing, modernized laboratories, and more rooms like classrooms and labs. 

Dean of Math and Science Tom Ekman
“We’ve got more space, the space we had is more functional than it used to be.  Everybody is very, very pleased with the new environment….  Faculty were crammed into very small office spaces, and several folks were in two or three-person offices, which does not get the kind of privacy you want when advising or focusing on grading.  Many of the laboratories were very old, in terms of the furniture that was in there, and almost all of that has been replaced,” said Ekman.

-Gloria Cortes

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