Planning and preliminary design efforts for the Central Classroom Facility project are underway. The new facility is anticipated to be approximately 160,000 square feet in size and include a variety of formal and informal learning environments, such as tiered lecture classrooms, flat lecture classrooms, flat flexible classrooms, problem-based learning classrooms, and individual and group study areas.
Tiered lecture classrooms will be provided in two formats: one type will accommodate 170-student capacity and the other will house up to 300-students. Rooms will include two rows of seating per tier to facilitate collaboration and a ramp will be provided down one side of each tiered room for handicap-access to multiple levels.
The flat lecture classrooms will hold up to 120-students and allow the option for tables to be reorganized semester-to-semester.
Flat flexible classrooms holding 64 to 80-students will provide an even greater level of flexibility with mobile chairs and tables that can be reconfigured for each class to accommodate a variety of teaching styles. Some rooms will feature operable walls that will allow the rooms to be divided into two smaller spaces, each seating 32 students.
Problem-based learning classrooms will hold between 72 and 99-students, and some, like the flat flexible classrooms, will feature operable walls to allow rooms to be divided into two smaller classrooms of 36-students. This type of classroom will be set up with round tables, each with three groups of three students who work together in a group-learning format.
The new building will also provide wireless Internet access and be supplied with power outlets for students to charge their laptops and other electronic devices. Rooms will feature additional technology to facilitate teaching and learning, with considerations such as ample markerboards, erasable wall surfaces and windows to provide access to daylight.
The new Central Classroom Facility will primarily house core curriculum classes for freshmen and sophomore students. The classrooms in the new building are planned to not only replace current classroom spaces in Haley Center and Parker Hall, but also to reimagine classroom flexibility, adaptability and collaboration potential for current and future generations of students and faculty at Auburn University.