Harvey Hall closed for renovation; 2016 celebration planned
January 10, 2014
The largest academic building at University of Wisconsin-Stout has closed for a 1½-year renovation project, although plans already are being made to celebrate its reopening.
Work at Harvey Hall will
begin this month with asbestos removal and interior demolition work. Construction
is expected to start in June and finish in summer 2015.
The $28 million project
was approved in October by the Wisconsin State Building Commission.
Classes were held in
Harvey Hall last fall. Faculty and staff moved out last summer.
Classes for the
upcoming semester begin Monday, Jan. 27. To make up for the loss of Harvey Hall
classroom space, more early morning and late afternoon classes have been
scheduled in other academic buildings.
Harvey Hall upgrades
will include new windows, reconfigured and upgraded classrooms, remodeled
offices and bathrooms and new electrical, mechanical and telecommunications
systems. The upgraded building also will meet Americans with Disabilities Act
The project is the second part of an improvement plan that
began with the 2011 renovation of Harvey Hall Theatre. The theater, on the east end of the building, also will be closed during
the current renovation.
While Harvey Hall is
closed, UW-Stout plans to use Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater to stage plays and
other performances, just as the school did before Harvey Hall opened in 1916.
Harvey Hall originally
was named the Home Economics Building. It was renamed in 1952 after Lorenzo Dow
Harvey, the school's first president from 1908 to 1922.
Harvey Hall was one of the buildings listed in 1986 in the
Menomonie Downtown Historic District on the National Register of Historic
A celebration is being
planned in 2016 to mark the building's 100th anniversary and reopening.
and staff are working on a history project that will document the building's
rich past. Several classes are doing research and gathering artifacts to create
an online digital history site.
Part of the effort,
coordinated by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is an oral
history project. The college is seeking to interview local residents and alumni
with knowledge of the building and its history.
Harvey Hall houses
the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and other offices.
To help fund the
student research projects, donations are being sought.
Contact Juliet Fox,
Alumni Association director at 715-232-1151 to be part of the oral history project or to
A video about the Harvey
Hall project has been produced by two UW-Stout students, Scott Fisher, of Rice
Lake, and Stephen Nicksic, of Marshfield. The video features faculty discussing
the building's legacy and centennial projects. It can be seen at UW-Stout's YouTube channel.
McCalmont Hall closed
A residence hall
also closed for renovation during the semester break. McCalmont Hall is
scheduled to reopen for the 2014 fall semester after a $7.9 million upgrade.
McCalmont Hall, built in 1963, partially was used for office
space but after renovation will be used solely as a residence hall. The hall is
at 220 10th Ave. E., west of the student center.
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