News & Renovations

Classroom Renovations

Autumn 2020 Updates 

As part of The Ohio State University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provost formed the University Classroom Planning Committee. This group was made up of representatives from the following partners to prepare classrooms for a safe return to campus:

Athletics | Facilities Operations and Development | Office of Academic Affairs | Office of the Chief Information Officer | Office of Distance Education and eLearning | Office of Legal Affairs | Office of the Registrar | Planning, Architecture, and Real Estate

Once the decision was made to return to campus for fall semester, members of these teams had two months to collectively identify adequately sized spaces; evaluate, design and stage the classrooms; implement the necessary technology; account for air quality and filtration; schedule increased cleaning; and provide sanitation solutions in every room. The following is an abbreviated list of tasks accomplished by this team to illustrate the depth and partnership required in this effort:

Jennings Hall Room 355Some spaces that are not usually utilized for instruction were also added into the pool of classrooms, such as ballrooms in the Ohio Union, Mershon Auditorium, the 4-H Center and the Fawcett Center for Tomorrow. Regular classrooms which were too small to be effectively used as classrooms were set for physical distancing then designated as “drop-in” spaces, to be used by students who have back-to-back online and in-person classes.  

Denney Hall Room 250

 

In the two months prior to Autumn Semester, the Classroom Services team completed the following work:

  • Developing a proposal, in coordination with regionals and departments, for CARES funding to support technology needs on all campuses.
  • Evaluated technology and space in 360 pool classrooms and 167 potential additional instructional spaces
  • Designed physical distancing layouts of all spaces to be used
  • Applied approximately 22,000 stickers to designate which seats to use for physical distancing, reminding students and instructors to clean tools and desks and designate instructor areas
  • Set up approximately 128 “novel spaces” for use as classrooms, including furniture, labeling and technology installation
  • Installed webcams in all classrooms to allow for use of Zoom in hybrid classes and for quarantined students
  • Deployed document cameras to allow whiteboard functionality to be viewable simultaneously via Zoom and by in-person attendees
  • Photographed and documented all features for all classrooms for display on the classroom search website
  • Staged public computing spaces for physical distancing
  • Staged all Digital Union locations for physical distancing
  • Launched a new video studio in the Denney Hall Digital Union supporting the creation of online course materials.
  • Completed full renovations of Hagerty 159, 180 and 186 and installations into the newly constructed Fontana Labs building
  • Hired and trained a new student support staff, including COVID procedures, and supporting instructors in the use of Zoom in classrooms
  • Coordinated 150 support professionals across campus via Teams to support classroom spaces
  • Loaned microphones to assist with voice lift for instructors wearing masks
  • Added 19 buildings across campus to our zone system for quick support of classroom technology issues

Partner groups such as the registrar's office and FoD also completed tasks such as: 

  • Moving nearly 10,000 pieces of furniture
  • Addressing HVAC and filtration in every building
  • Providing wipes in every classroom
  • Cleaning rooms twice per day
  • Providing instructors personal teaching items such as chalk, markers and erasers in their PPE kits.

 

Recently Completed Renovations

Upcoming Projects

Classroom renovations and upgrades are in the planning stages for future breaks.  

Information about building and campus renovation and construction projects is available from OSU Facilities Operations and Development.

BUilding/Room

Renovation Begins

Reopensupgrades

Smith Laboratory 1042, 1048, 1064, 1076, 1138, 1149, 1150, 1180, 1186, 2006, 2144, 2150, 2180, 2186

Summer 2020Autumn 2020

Paint

Carpet

Furniture

Hagerty Hall 159, 180, 186

Summer 2020Autumn 2020

Paint

Carpet

Furniture

Boards

A/V System

Denney Hall 202, 206, 207, 209, 213, 214, 238, 245, 250, 253, 262, 265, 268
Stillman Hall 135
May 2020Autumn 2020A/V System
Mendenhall Lab 100
Journalism Building 300
Spring Break 2020 A/V System
Mendenhall Lab 115, 125, 129, 131, 173, 174 , 175, 185, 191Spring 2020Spring 2020A/V System
Derby Hall 29Autumn 2019Spring 2020

Paint

Carpet

Furniture

Boards

A/V System

Drinko Hall 354Autumn 2019Spring 2020

Paint

Carpet

Furniture

Boards

A/V System

Ramseyer Hall 009, 100
Lazenby 002, 002, 018, 034
Autumn 2019During Autumn 2019A/V System
Stillman Hall 100
Lazenby 021
December 2019Spring 2020A/V System