Illinois State University's largest lecture hall, 105 year old Capen Auditorium, is getting a $1.27-Million upgrade. Work will include electrical, flooring, seating, plumbing and sound system replacement. Greg Alt, I-S-U's Interim Vice President of Finance and Planning says some lectures require the 740 seats in Capen:
"It's very useful for that when we do have classes that require such a large lecture hall, which we have a few. And it still is used, maybe not as much as back in the old days, but it still is used occasionaly to show different kings of movies. And then there are some, I think, student groups who sometimes use it to hold certain meetings."
Alt says the renovation work will begin on the first of September, and should be done by the end of June 2015. He says there will also be changes in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act that could impact the number of seats. Capen Auditorium, in Edwards Hall, is at the north-west corner of the ISU quad. The money for the make over comes from a nearly $6 million dollar package for projects in McLean, Tazewell, Woodford, Peoria and LaSalle Counties. They are authorized by the 2009 Illinois Jobs Now capital bill.
(picture ISU Vidette)
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