By Kristin Hodges
Renovations on the second, twelfth and fifteenth floors
in Wyly Tower of Learning will be complete by the end of the month, with
offices moving back in during the next few weeks.
Sam Wallace, director of support services, said the
project should be substantially finished by the end of October.
“There may be some things that may not be finished, but
renovations are scheduled to be complete at the end of the month,” Wallace
Construction began in March, and work is complete on
floors 12 and 15. Workers are well into remodeling the second floor and the
outside ramp, Wallace said.
Renovations in Wyly are
possible because of excess funding left over after Hale Hall was completed in
Tech was able to allocate those funds for the Wyly project, Wallace said.
“Hale Hall took admissions, which was on the second
floor. Hale also got architecture, which was on the twelfth, thirteenth and
part of the fifteenth floor,” Wallace said. “We had those spaces that became
vacant and were in need of renovations.”
Wallace said more space would have been renovated but
funding was limited.
Minnie Modest, a junior administration and business
major, said the construction in Wyly Tower has not
“I have been in there and wondered why they were
renovating,” Modest said.
Wyly Tower looked satisfactory
before construction, she said.
Wallace said a lot of different needs were accommodated
during the renovation.
“Before we started the renovations, an asbestos abatement
project removed the asbestos fireproofing in the building and the interior
walls,” Wallace said.
Another reason for renovation is that Wyly
Tower is almost 40 years old, Wallace said.
“There were some programs that needed space,
consolidation and needed different space than what they have got [now],”
After renovations are complete, the fifteenth floor will
hold offices, including University Research and Information Systems, and the
administrative computer support group, Wallace said.
The twelfth floor will hold continuing education,
marketing and public relations, institutional research and enrollment
Norm Pumphrey, director of
retention and advising, said the Student Achievement Center will take up the
second floor and part of the third floor.
The center will coordinate efforts across campus to get
first-year students connected to activities at Tech, Pumphrey
Math and writing learning assistance will be available,
along with other projects being phased in throughout the year, Pumphrey said.
“We hope to be heavily involved in first-year programs so
we can [be a continuation] of university seminar classes,” Pumphrey
“The Student Achievement Center is going to be a place
for students to come and do a variety of [activities] to help with their
Wallace said the center will be an enjoyable new interest
Wallace said, “The Student Achievement Center will be a