ISU’s Dreiser Hall to get $18M renovation

Indiana State University’s Dreiser Hall is set to undergo an $18.4 million renovation that will replace much of the 70-year-old building’s aging infrastructure.

The State Budget Committee recently approved the release of the funds for the renovation after state lawmakers approved the funding during their last session.

The project will improve the building’s HVAC and plumbing systems, its fire suppression system and electrical needs and also bring it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dreiser Hall’s classrooms will also be upgraded to include state-of-the-art technology to allow individuals statewide to earn a degree at a distance, the Tribune-Star reported.

Work on the project should begin around June 1 and take about 16 months to complete, said Diann McKee, ISU’s senior vice president of finance and administration.

Dreiser Hall was built in 1950 and houses academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, including multiple communication classes, student media, video production, a student operated radio station, distance education classrooms, and a 255-seat theater.

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