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Facilities - McPheeters-Dennis

Facilities - Renovation of McPheeters-Dennis Hall
Haven-Warren, 3rd Floor
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Activity Director:  Ms. Bonita Dukes
Activity Assistant:  Ms. Calandra O'Neal


OVERVIEW
The University, with the assistance of Title III B grants, intends to continue strengthening the institution by collaboratively funding the following three specific aims for McPheeters-Dennis Hall over a five-year period: 1) To provide repairs and upgrades for mechanical system (AHU-3 and VAV boxes)  replacements and upgrades to increase the instructional laboratory equipment, hoods and classroom areas served; 2) To renovate (8) eight instructional laboratories and associated infrastructure to house new students, faculty and instructional core laboratories; and 3) To renovate (6) six classrooms to provide accommodations for additional students to facilitate interdisciplinary research collaboration and instructional learning.  This activity supports the following Strategic Plan:

  • Strategic Priority #3: Align Learning, Knowledge/Discovery and Performance. 


It will support the overall strategic plan by achieving academic excellence and expand learner experiences based on best practices in instruction, involvement in inquiry, and the use of practical experiences. 2012 – 2017 Grant Cycle The renovation of McPheeters-Dennis Hall will be phased, with each phase considered a completed project and minimal displacement of academic functions.   

  1. Phase I (2012-2013 Grant Year) will consist of the following: the purchasing and installation of the AHU-3 and ductwork equipment to support the instructional laboratory equipment, hoods and classroom areas served to encompass 19,444 SF on the 1st and 2nd floor of McPheeters-Dennis Hall (Phase I area) .  
  2. Phase II (2013-2014 Grant Year) will consist of the following: the purchasing and installation of the AHU-3 and ductwork equipment to support the instructional laboratory equipment, hoods and classroom areas served to encompass 24,770 SF on the 3rd floor of McPheeters-Dennis Hall (Phase II area).  
  3. Phase III (2014-2015 Grant Year) will consist of the following: the purchasing and installation of the fixtures, furniture and A/V equipment (FFE) to support the instructional laboratory equipment, hoods and classroom areas served to encompass 100% of the 1st floor of McPheeters-Dennis Hall.
  4. Phase IV (2015-2016 Grant Year) will consist of the following: the purchasing and installation of the fixtures, furniture and A/V equipment (FFE) to support the instructional laboratory equipment, hoods and classroom areas served to encompass 100% of the 2nd floor of McPheeters-Dennis Hall.
  5. Phase V (2016-2017 Grant Year) will consist of the following: the purchasing and installation of the fixtures, furniture and A/V equipment (FFE) to support the instructional laboratory equipment, hoods and classroom areas served to encompass 100% of the 2nd floor of McPheeters-Dennis Hall.


The overall goals of the activity are as follows:

  • Classrooms will be distributed throughout the building, so student traffic keeps the building "alive”
  • Classrooms and laboratories will maximize flexibility and accommodate different pedagogical approaches;
  • Teaching labs will allow the combination of lecture and hands-on activities in a single class session
  • Laboratories will allow students to engage in hands-on research, with student labs and faculty research labs placed near each other
  • Faculty in different departments are located near each other to maximize interdisciplinary connections in the sciences
  • Student study spaces are arranged throughout the building in close proximity to faculty offices to support access to faculty during informal or ad hoc study periods
  • Up-to-date technology in the building includes network connections made via wireless technology.
  • Technology is built into all spaces in the building, not just the classrooms and labs
  • McPheeters-Dennis Hall will be environmentally friendly, using a heat-recovery system, geothermal technology in the atrium area, and certified wood (i.e., wood from forests maintained in a sustainable manner) in casework and millwork were applicable.  


Clark Atlanta University has developed a plan to strengthen and enhance academic quality and up-grade the mechanical infrastructure of McPheeters-Dennis Hall. The fiscal resources offered through the Title III B grant (HBCU) will be used to improve academic space for science students and faculty via a new (AHU-3) in the 1st Floor Mechanical room to support the new exhaust fan for each fume hood in the renovated instructional labs.