As a way to enhance student learning, UTSA has announced an initiative that will equip classrooms with new furniture and academic technology and serve as a gateway for future improvements for overall learning.
The Pilot Classroom Project was the brainchild of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy and Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Business Affairs Veronica Salazar Mendez, seeks to perform renovation on six interior classrooms, and the addition of four outdoor classrooms.
According to associate vice president for facilities Paul Goodman, the aesthetic improvements are a step in the right direction to further support the needs of students. “Many of our classrooms have outdated and insufficient furniture and technology to support today’s teaching needs,” said Goodman. “This pilot project brings together staff from [the offices of] Facilities, Academic Innovation and Space Management to plan strategic classroom improvements.”
The focus of the project is to offer an update to academic technology and furniture to reflect the varying levels and styles of student learning, with classroom renovations to include new flooring, paint, glass marker boards, electrical power, and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements to address the needs of accessibility.
Improvements to indoor classrooms within the Business and Multidisciplinary Studies buildings kicked off in early March, with construction for the new outdoor classrooms slated to begin soon, to be located on the northeast corner of the Flawn Sciences Building and south of the Student Union. Progress of the improvements project will be available for viewing via the university’s social media channels.
University architect Benjamin Perry and his team put together a furniture classroom survey to offer students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to try the furniture and make their selection based on preference. The survey will help the design team select the most comfortable and modern furniture pieces to help project surroundings that are conducive to improved learning and accommodating of new technology.
“This project will help facilities serve students in an unprecedented way. Whether it be an indoor or outdoor classroom setting, the facilities team is prepared to respond to our students’ needs in today’s digital-shifting environment.”