During the past year-and-a-half, WVU’s oldest academic building has undergone extensive renovations – both inside and out – to update classrooms, offices and public spaces, in response to the school’s growing enrollment.
Paid for with funding from private donors, WVU central administration and the School’s entrepreneurial off-campus programs, the projects will give Martin Hall a more contemporary look to reflect the School’s focus on training journalists and mass communications professionals of the future.
The series of projects began in Spring 2007 when the former third-floor reading room was renovated into a suite of offices for the expanding IMC master’s degree program. The area now includes an office, a multimedia conference room and four work areas for the program’s full-time staff.
Soon following was the creation of a multimedia conference space in rooms 101 and 102 to provide more flexibility for seminar classes, meetings and special events.
As the spring semester wrapped up, work began in the second-floor broadcast edit lab and the main office and dean’s suite on the first floor. Both spaces will be upgraded to improve work flow, provide more modern amenities and create a more inviting atmosphere for visitors to the School.
To accommodate the School’s growing faculty, room 104, a University-scheduled classroom, has been remodeled into a suite of offices and graduate assistant cubicles.
Cosmetic upgrades to the entire building were also underway during the summer months, including new paint, lighting and flooring throughout the main corridors. The University also has committed to making major infrastructure repairs to the aging HVAC system and the building’s roof and cupola. The main foyer and entrance to Martin Hall also will see some improvements, including a raised ceiling, pendant lighting and a new wall of honor to recognize the continued support of our alumni and friends.
The School hopes to make additional improvements in future years, including renovations to the ground-floor computer labs to create a more professional multimedia environment.