Auburn University to Increase Number of Instructional Classrooms

The new Mell Classroom Building will be located adjacent to the Ralph B. Draughon Library.

By Martha Koontz

At its June 5 meeting, the Board of Trustees authorized an increase to the Mell Classroom Building construction program to include the renovation of 38,000 square feet of space in the Ralph B. Draughon Library.

This increased scope extends the September 2014 decision by the Board to construct the Mell Classroom Building, a 69,000-square-foot facility that will include 12 new active learning classrooms and two large lectures halls with a budget of $25 million.

“Since the original program and budget were established, Auburn’s Provost has pursued alternative approaches to constructing additional state-of-the-art classroom facilities in the adjacent Ralph B. Draughon Library,” said Dan King, associate vice president of Facilities Management. “This expanded scope will increase the project budget to $33 million and add classrooms, designed to support engaged learning, to the Library.”

The plans to expand the Mell Classroom Building project and future construction of the Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex will add 45-50 new centrally managed classrooms, resulting in an increase in the square footage of Auburn’s centrally managed classroom space of over 40 percent.   

“As an institution, we recognize that student success heavily depends upon providing innovative learning environments that encourage scholarship, enrichment and community,” said Timothy R. Boosinger, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Without question, these new instructional spaces will embody Auburn University’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.”

Construction of the increased Mell Classroom Building project will begin in December 2015. Upon completion of this project, the university plans to begin work on the Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex in the summer of 2017.

Last Updated: June 16, 2015