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Motlow's Simon Hall classroom building undergoes complete renovation

Oct. 5, 2015

Motlow College recently completed a major renovation of Simon Hall, the primary classroom building on the Moore County Campus. It is the first comprehensive upgrade of the building since it opened in 1969.

"Simon Hall underwent an interior finish and an upgrade to improve Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards," said Brian Gafford, director of facility services. "This entailed a complete asbestos abatement, as well as removal and replacement of all flooring in the building."

The first floor student bathrooms underwent a full renovation to become ADA compliant, while bathroom fixtures were upgraded as well to meet these standards. The second floor bathrooms also received new flooring and toilet fixtures. In addition to ADA upgrades, maintenance provided aesthetic improvements to the building.

"All interior walls were painted including classrooms, hallways and offices," added Gafford. "New furniture was purchased for six classrooms and new student seating areas were also provided."

Maintenance renovated Simon's science labs, which included upgrading classroom technology.

New student and teacher stations were added in the chemistry, biology and microbiology labs with upgrades to cabinetry and systems. Several classrooms received upgrades to the audio/video and ITV equipment, including new large screen televisions and new projector screens.

"From my perspective this renovation, in conjunction with some of the new instrumentation in the chemistry lab, represents a vital step in providing students with modern, organized and aesthetically pleasing laboratories," said Dr. Rob Griswold, assistant professor of chemistry and physical science. "While this may seem superfluous to the primary goal of teaching students laboratory techniques, these improvements have had a definite impact on the attitude of students."

The renovation plans were approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) in July 2014, with work beginning in May 2015. The total cost of the project was $1.25 million which included renovating a total of 56,294 gross square feet in Simon Hall.

Before 1986, Simon Hall was simply known as the "classroom building". However, it was renamed in a dedication ceremony in honor of Morris E. Simon, former publisher of the Tullahoma News, who was instrumental in the early development of Motlow College.
The microbiology lab inside Simon Hall on the Moore County campus is one of the many classrooms that benefited from interior renovation and technological upgrades. Motlow College photo.
Improved student seating and study areas were added to Simon Hall during the recent upgrade and renovation of the Moore County campuses' primary classroom building. Motlow College photo.