The renovations to Troy University's Bibb Graves Hall must be made due to overcrowding and ill-equipped classrooms say university leaders.
Built in 1887, Bibb Graves Hall stands as the oldest building on Troy University's campus.
Minor renovations were made to the building nearly 40 years ago when Troy added elevators.
Now, leaders say it's time to give the building a makeover.
Right now, the hall is described by university officials as overcrowded; ill-equipped with outdated layouts.
"To have your most beautiful and most historical building there with an interior that's three decades outdated is really not where we want to be. So, we see it as a major contribution to the future of Troy University," says Troy Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.
"It's going to be a complete gutting. We need a new HVAC system, the roof need repair, we will actually reconfigure the building a little bit, put elevators on both ends of the building to help with access to the upper floors. They'll be a new classroom configuration," says Dr. Jean Laliberte, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development.
Even though the renovation plans include completely redoing floor plans, officials say it may not seem like a lot of work to an outsider, since the facade will remain the same.
"Bibb Graves is the oldest building on campus. So, it has a lot historical value, a lot of emotional value. So, it's going to be a complete overhaul of the building and one we're very excited about. But I do want to emphasize that the facade of the building will remain the same," says Laliberte.
It's expected to cost about $7 million dollars to renovate the hall, but officials say no money will come from tuition.
Some of the renovations have already begun, but the university is planning to fully launch the project by January 2009.
University leaders say they will finish construction on their current project, which is a new dorm. Then, build a new McCartha Hall before renovating Bibb Graves Hall.
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