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Smart Technology Classrooms Part Of Liberal Arts Renovations

Published: February 2, 2015

CSULB now has 26 additional smart technology classrooms, along with other renovations that were announced at a College of Liberal Arts’ (CLA) ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 15. The program included President Jane Close Conoley, Provost David Dowell and CLA Dean David Wallace.

Classrooms are equipped as “smart classrooms” which are designed to promote interactive learning. The walls are finished with ideapaint and a state-of-the-art audio visual system was installed in every classroom to provide a comprehensive technological experience. Ideapaint is a paint that can be applied to almost any surface turning it into a dry erase writing surface.

“The technology-rich classrooms in the remodeled LA 2, 3 and 4 buildings will allow CLA’s talented faculty to further enrich the learning opportunities that they provide to CSULB students,” said Wallace.

The Liberal Arts 2, 3 and 4 renovation project consisted of a seismic retrofit, extensive building upgrades, major exterior site improvements and the addition of 26 smart technology classrooms to the campus. The three buildings consist of approximately 36,000 interior square feet and it’s the first comprehensive renovation since these buildings were built back in the early 1950s.

Architecturally, the buildings have received new finishes inside and out. Interior renovations include the addition of a heating and air conditioning system, upgraded power and telecommunication systems, new lighting and lighting controls. In addition, the buildings have new ceilings, door, hardware, fresh paint and carpet.

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PHOTO BY MICHAEL SULLIVAN
Liberal Arts’ renovated courtyard area.

The existing landscape between buildings was removed and replaced with new hardscape, plants, water-efficient irrigation systems, trees, ground cover and various seating and gathering areas. The exterior areas as well as the interior spaces are all equipped with Wi-Fi service. New LED lighting in the courtyards, along with power and data ports at various seating locations, were added to promote an exterior interactive learning environment. Hydration stations and new bike racks have also been included for added convenience.

All of the buildings were designed in a highly sustainable manner, which lead to a LEED Silver Certification green building standard, an impressive building certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Major construction activities began in February 2014 and were completed in January.

–Ken Swisher