Columbus State University has released artist renderings of what the renovation of Arnold Hall will look like when the $4.95 million project is finished next year, including a staircase modeled after those at Google's headquarters.
The state-funded renovation "will transform the cramped, outdated building into a modern, adaptive and student-focused facility," according to CSU's news release.
The building's new grand entryway will lead to the Google-like steps, where students can rest, study or mingle between classes.
The first floor will comprise three classrooms, computer labs, an auditorium, the Math and Science Learning Center and the University Writing Center. The second floor will comprise CSU's Department of English, the Department of Psychology and "huddle rooms" with LED touchscreen monitors and whiteboards for study groups, tutoring sessions or student-professor conferences.
The renovation of Arnold Hall will start after the $3.95 million renovation of Howard Hall is finished this fall semester, according to the release. The Arnold Hall project is expected to be finished by July 2016.
Howard Hall is a classroom building for all majors and students. Its renovation will produce:
New technology in each classroom.
A common area at the building's entrance with space for seating, gathering, studying and charging electronics.
New, quieter, more efficient heating and cooling systems.
Additional bathrooms on the second floor.
Higher ceilings and better lighting in all classrooms.
New doorways and treatments on the second floor to prevent students from standing in the rain before classes start.
Aesthetic improvements inside and outside the building.
New and bigger home in neighboring Schwob Memorial Library for Einstein Bros., the main campus deli that was in Howard Hall.