Heapy provided the Mechanical-Electrical design for the 40,000 SF renovation and expansion of South Hall, renamed the Michael and Sara Kuhlin Center, from a classroom building into a new home for media and communications studies. The new building was designed to meet today’s demands of media and communication.
The School of Media and Communication, which is comprised of three departments —journalism and public relations, communication, and telecommunications—and a graduate program moved from West Hall to a renovated South Hall. Signature spaces in the renovated building include a first floor media convergence lab, conference facilities, media effects lab, high-tech active learning classrooms, collaboration spaces, and improved facilities for BGSU’s student media with cutting-edge audio and visual production facilities.
The project included interior abatement, fully gutting the building, and the installation of new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire sprinkler systems and related equipment as well as thermal efficiency improvements to the building’s exterior envelope, new windows and exterior doors.
The project was completed in 2016 with a total construction cost of $13 million.