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Appalachian’s Howard Street Hall ready for students, faculty

By Elisabeth Wall

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri N. Everts cut the ribbon Friday, Aug. 25, at the recently renovated Howard Street Hall.

View larger imageAppalachian State University’s Howard Street Hall provides two new classrooms and 21 faculty offices for Appalachian State University. Photo by Marie FreemanView larger imageChancellor Sheri N. Everts prepares to cut the ribbon at the new Howard Street Hall on Appalachian State University’s campus Friday, Aug. 25. Photo by Marie Freeman

In her opening remarks, the chancellor said, “Space to support our academic mission and the work of our students, faculty and staff are always at the top of my list. With Appalachian’s slow and steady growth, we must ensure we have the faculty, staff and resources to provide the transformational education experience our students and families have grown to expect.”

Approximately 5,000 square feet of the 12,878 square-foot building houses two new classrooms and 21 faculty offices. The classrooms will be open for use by all colleges on campus.

More than 50 guests attended the ceremony and toured the building. Classes were in session in both classrooms, which accommodate 68 and 76 students.

Formerly the home of First Presbyterian Church, the university took possession of the space more than six years ago. It had been called the College of Education Annex. The remaining square footage houses the Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program (LBCDLP), air conditioning and heating units and an elevator. The top floors above the classroom and office space remain separated to prevent cross traffic. The elevator serves only the top two floors.

During the ceremony, Everts recognized the building contractors and architects, Vannoy Construction and LS3P, respectively.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low faculty-to-student ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.