This site is intended to be your “one-stop” source for all information related to the planned renovation of Ruffner Hall. We’ll be adding to information to this blog as it becomes available, and maintaining a FAQ with answers to questions about schedules, office relocations, classroom schedule, continuity of services, etc.
Even though the start of the renovation is less than 6 months off, there are still a number of key decisions to be made. Consequently, only a few specific details that can be shared at this time. Below is the first version of the FAQ, but be sure to check back frequently, as we will update the FAQ as more information becomes available.
FAQ v. 1.0, July 17, 2012
What is the schedule for the renovation of Ruffner Hall? Construction is scheduled to begin on January 4, 2013 and to be completed around August 1, 2014. Of course, the impacts of the renovation project will be felt much earlier than next January as we expect to begin moves in the next month or so (August 2012).
When will I move? We do not have a complete move schedule at this point in time, but the general plan is as follows: The CLIC will move to Bavaro Hall in August 2012. Administrative offices will begin to move around October 2012, and faculty offices will move shortly after the end of the Fall 2012 semester, around December 15, 2012.
Where will people be moved? We do not have specific locations at this point in time, but it is almost certain that full-time faculty and research professionals will be moving to Olsson Hall, in the SEAS complex. (Olsson is the building closest to Rice Hall, the new SEAS building between Stadium Road and the stadium itself.) We are currently looking for off-Grounds space for administrative offices, research projects, and much of the ETO operations. Some research projects are considering other off-Grounds space options.
Where will classes be held? It is currently anticipated that all classes held in Ruffner Hall can be relocated to nearby buildings including the Dell buildings just west of Ruffner Hall, all of which will be renovated to serve as classroom space. Scheduling courses nearby will require some adjustments to class schedules, and larger courses taught during peak times may need to be taught in buildings further away.
Where will the ETO go? Most ETO staff and equipment will accompany the administrative offices in a move to off-Grounds space, and the exact location of that space is still to be determined. The ETO will also have space in the Engineering complex, as well as an office in the basement of Bavaro Hall. Finally, the ETO will likely have storage in the Dell buildings, where many Curry courses and other courses taught in Ruffner are likely to be relocated.
Will I have room for my research? Funded research projects currently housed in Ruffner Hall will have space in the same off-Grounds location where the administrative offices will be located or in the SEAS complex. We will attempt to accommodate non-funded (or departmentally funded) research in general space made available to departments, although the amount of space that will be available will be limited.
Will graduate students have offices? Graduate research assistants will continue to have space in the research projects with which they are affiliated, wherever those projects move (e.g., SEAS complex, off-Grounds, etc.). We have not yet identified specific offices for other graduate students, and will be working with departments throughout the fall to find space in Bavaro Hall and in the temporary sites we will be using during the renovation. We do expect to make use of the graduate student mailboxes in Bavaro Hall, and will work to find adequate space for graduate students teaching or TAing courses so that they can meet with their students in private.
Will there be group study space? The CLIC will be moving into Bavaro 306 in August 2012. Group study space will be available in the “mini-CLIC” during the renovation, as well as in other locations in Bavaro Hall. We are considering creating a reservation system for the two open conference rooms at the tops of both stairwells on the third floor of Bavaro Hall so that students and others can schedule them for group study, projects, etc., and would welcome any feedback you have on this idea.