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Renovations to the third floor of Reynolds Hall have been completed, and students returning for the Spring 2017 semester will finally get a look at the new classrooms and lab areas.

Bob Harrington, MSSU Physical Plant director, said the third floor is currently receiving final touches and the process of moving the chemistry and physics labs and equipment to their new space has begun.

Last year, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced funding to allow for the revamping of Reynolds Hall, the second-oldest building on campus, which houses the biology, environmental health, chemical and physical sciences and mathematics programs.

House Bill 19 provided $5.2 million for the project, while House Bill 17 contained an additional $1.5 million, matched by private contributions from alumni and other sources to fund the construction.

Students who would have had classes on the third floor last fall found a temporary home in the nearly 13,000-square-foot Reynolds Annex building, located on the southwest side of campus.

The Reynolds third floor now contains the physics lab and storage; physics electronics lab; shared tiered lecture hall; student study area; geology lab; physical chemistry/advanced inorganic lab and storage; new balance room; organic chemistry lab and storage; general chemistry lab; instrument lab; physics research lab; and eight chemistry and physics faculty offices.

Harrington said several all-new features are included in the renovated area.

“First, we have created a designated student study area that will allow students to work either individually or in small groups,” he said. “That room is equipped with Wi-Fi as well as hard wired data drops to allow students to go online and access department-specific software.”

He said another feature is that the tile on the walls in the new restrooms are designed in the pattern of Pi, starting with the wall closest to the door. (Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, customarily approximated as 3.14159.)