Out With The Old, In With The New

In the spirit of the new year, the Fritz Lab administrative offices get a winter-break renovation

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For more than 50 years, there have been two sides to the Fritz Engineering Laboratory: The original that fronts E. Packer Ave., built by John Fritz in 1909, and the seven-story addition, constructed in 1955 to accommodate the iconic Baldwin 5M-pound testing machine.

During winter break, the Fritz 205 office suite was brought into the 21st century. The transformation included everything from new glass doors and coordinator workstations to state-of-the-art lighting and multimedia technology housed in a new conference room adjacent to the main office.

The CEE coordinators are enjoying their sunny new quarters.

“I now have more space to organize my work,” says Prisca Vidanage, CEE graduate coordinator. “And the students have commented that the office looks very professional.”

The wide-open layout also makes for a more welcoming environment, notes Chrissy Moyer, CEE undergraduate coordinator.

“When visitors arrive, they can clearly see the person they came to address, and I’m more accessible than before,” says Moyer. “They no longer have to walk around a counter and in front of another desk to get to me.”

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