HAYS, KS -- American School & University magazine has featured Fort Hays State University's Albertson Hall's modernized renovation in an educational interiors showcase.
Albertson Hall was awarded a Gold Citation, the highest of three awards, in the "common areas" category. Award categories are common areas, classrooms, libraries/media centers and auditoriums/music rooms. Silver and bronze citations are also awarded.
Architectural and program planning began for Albertson Hall in 1994. In November 1996, designs were being developed and construction began in April 1998. Renovation was completed in June 2000.
The project was also recognized for spending significantly less than other educational interior renovations. The total amount allocated to the project was $6,589,000 from Kansas' Crumbling Classrooms bond initiative.
"The Albertson Hall Renovation was a very fine example of a late 1920s science building which was transformed into a new 21st century science building," said Dana Cunningham, director of facilities planning at FHSU.
Improvements to Albertson included major building modifications and mechanical, electrical and plumbing system improvements that allow each laboratory to be utility independent and self-contained.
Another result was a net gain in the number of offices to house the departments of Biology, Agriculture, Allied Health and Speech-language Pathology.