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'Phase A' begins for Kirkwood's Linn Hall relocations

By Heather Taylor
On December 7, 2011

  • Linn Hall is the oldest permanent building on the Cedar Rapids campus of Kirkwood Community College. It was completed in 1969. (Photo by Derek Finneman)
  • Audio Visual Services, located in the east wing of Linn Hall, offered items for sale as staffers prepared for relocation. (Communique photo)

The Linn Hall renovation, which will begin next semester, is not just an upgrade. It also demonstrates how departments are going above and beyond to share space and keep things stress-free for the students.

"The remodel of Linn Hall will be done in phases," explained Amy Ashlock, student development specialist and work study coordinator at Kirkwood Community College. "Some classes may go to Cedar and Benton halls but really not that many are moving that far. Most are staying in Linn Hall but to different rooms."

Completed in 1969 as the first permanent Kirkwood building, Linn Hall has 200,000 square feet of classrooms, labs and offices. "We will be bringing more light into Linn Hall and the remodel will focus on being energy-efficient," Ashlock said.

Work will begin in the east wing. Steve Carpenter, Print Services director, said the print shop, which is in the east wing, will continue to operate while remodeling takes place. "The location will be the same.  We will just have a new look," he said.

Ashlock said KTS programs are "difficult to relocate due to the technology needed for those classes, so they will just be shifted to the west side of Linn Hall."

Audio Visual Services is staying in Linn Hall and moving down to Room 133. KCCK, Kirkwood's jazz and blues radio station, will move to Room 223, where it will share space with Allied Health.

 "A lot of sharing is taking place during this move," Ashlock said, noting that departments are "maximizing space they already have and trying to make it most convenient for students."

The Math and Science departments were also "really great" about puzzle piecing," she added.

Those who will be moving for Phase A, which begins in January, include professor Keith Hench and associate professor Jed Peterson of Distance Learning.  Both are currently in Room 112 and will be moving to a communal classroom off campus. Moving off campus will "allow us to get to know our off-campus students better," Hench said.

Moves will be done in phases over the next three years.  That is "not only more cost-effective but also more convenient for faculty and students alike," Ashlock added.

She advised students to "print out your schedule the first morning of classes for the semester. You will be aware of any last-minute changes."

"If you need help, the Student Development Office located at 115 Iowa Hall can also print out your schedule for you," she added.

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