In order to adapt and attract new faculty and students to its biology and microbiology departments, Miami University launched a renovation of Hughes and Pearson halls.
The Pearson Hall renovation consists of 95,000 square feet of renovated classrooms, active learning spaces, student study and collaboration areas as well as teaching and research laboratories.
The Hughes Hall renovation consists of 37,000 square feet of renovated space on the second, third and fourth floors. With renovated research labs, teaching classrooms and collaboration space.
The physical changes in Hughes and Pearson Halls reflect a shift in prevailing laboratory and teaching environments.
Formerly isolated and enclosed spaces have been opened up in favor of more visibility and opportunities for collaboration.
Classrooms and common areas have been designed to promote conversation and the sharing of ideas and discoveries, and classrooms and labs have been clustered in close proximity to allow conversations, teaching and experiences to flow smoothly from one to the other.