New lecture hall accentuates modern look

November 22, 2013

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New Lecture Hall
New Lecture Hall

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is currently working on a new lecture hall in Edgar G. Doudna Hall, equipped with dynamic technology and a sleek design to better the educational efficiency and overall experience for UW-Platteville students and faculty.

The blue and orange themed lecture hall will be furnished with features to create an interactive classroom environment, including sound-absorbing walls, individual rolling chairs and plug-ins on each set of desks. “You give a person a chair, table and power and they can work anywhere,” said Geri Zauche, UW-Platteville facilities designer. The room will also include two large screens that a SMART board will project on and feature Capture Video, which allows students who have been ill or unable to attend class to see the lectures if the professor chooses to utilize it. There will also be user-friendly lighting with four different scene settings professors can set ahead of time.

Through all the technology and clean, sleek design, the floor is a special asset to the room. In the early days at UW-Platteville, the floor in the new lecture hall was used as a basketball court. The scuffmarks and the old-time look of the floor mix the character of the old UW-Platteville with the new, with one of the finishing touches being the UW-Platteville logo in the center of the room.

Doudna already hosts the largest lecture hall at UW-Platteville, the Thomas B. Lundeen Lecture Hall, which seats 182. With the growing enrollment at UW-Platteville, the new lecture hall, which holds 140 students, is an important part to the expansion.

From design conception to finished product, the renovation will have taken about two years. Architect Diana Dorschner from Dorschner Associates Inc. and contractor Steve Hansen from Joe Daniels Construction Co. Inc. were a few important people in the process. “It took a huge team of cooperative and talented people to make this happen,” said Zauche.

The new lecture hall will be ready for the spring semester.

Contact: Geri Zauche, UW-Platteville facilities designer, (608) 330-1678, zaucheg@uwplatt.edu
Written by: Carly Willman, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, willmanc@uwplatt.edu

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