McDaniel Hall reopens to rave reviews

(01-17-2012)

"This is what college buildings should look like," said theatre major David Boncyk about the Adams State's newly renovated McDaniel Hall. Formerly known as the Education & Social Sciences (ES) building, located at First St. & Richardson Ave., the facility reopened for Adams State's spring semester, which began Jan. 17.

The $11.4 million project was funded by students, who four years ago approved a capital construction fee to upgrade student housing and academic buildings. Over the last year, McDaniel Hall was completely gutted and renovated to be more welcoming to students and incorporate the latest in teaching technology. The result is "mind blowing," according to graduate history student Steven Sowards, who recalled his undergraduate days in the former building.

"It used to be plain," said math education major Francine Martinez. "Now it's more colorful and inviting - exciting!"

Senior theatre major Brad Greening agreed: "This is a huge upgrade. It feels like a contemporary academic setting." Psychology major Elizabeth Rivera said the building is "beautiful" and will make classes more enjoyable.

"It is a vast improvement," noted music major Scott Chaney, who particularly appreciates the addition of another open computer lab. Last semester, he and fellow music students were introduced to the remodeled Music Building, also funded by students. He said the Music Building is "a lot prettier; the design is cool."

Mariann Lumsargis, a psychology major, was excited to learn McDaniel Hall's sunny new first floor lounge is equipped with wi-fi. "This is my new favorite place to hang out."

The McDaniel Hall renovation caps $62 million worth of campus improvements begun in 2008. The North Campus Transformation was completed in 2010, featuring The Residences at Rex student apartments and new stadium facility, as well as a landscaped walkway and green area along what previously was the southernmost block of Stadium Drive.

By Julie Waechter