Hopwood Hall Auditorium underwent a $750,000 renovation last summer that has created more versatile space and revealed the beautiful windows that have been hidden for years.
The auditorium provides a great space for larger classes, though most classes at LC are much more intimate. The student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1.
The renovation included tiered seating for 139. Removal of the old stage created an area in the front of the room to allow another 26 seats. The 13 windows were uncovered to allow natural light and were replaced with thermal panes to improve energy efficiency.
A new Crestron audiovisual system allows the shades to be opened and closed electronically with the push of a button, and films can be shown in three different room positions. The auditorium also has new heating and air-conditioning systems, as well as new furniture.
Other work on Hopwood Hall included repointing and sealing brickwork on the Shellenberger Field side of the building.
Other big projects included:
- The replacement of the walk-in freezer on the first floor of the Burton Student Center. This $135,000 project increased freezer capacity for Dining Services by 90 percent, allowing staff to order in bulk and receive fewer deliveries and control cost.
- A new scoreboard and irrigation system for baseball’s Fox Field. LC received a $7,550 grant from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges to help pay for the irrigation system.
- A new fluid-applied roof on Hobbs Hall, which houses the School of Sciences.
- New energy-efficient heating & air-conditioning units in Montgomery Hall. Thirty units were replaced as part of a committed $80,000 annual program that includes Montgomery and Tate Hall.