By Josh Swan
Students returning to Ryerson after the winter break may have been surprised to see that the computer lab in Kerr Hall West has been redone to the tune of $1.1 million.
The decision to renovate the lab was made in late November and the renovation was completed because Campus Planning and Facilities had to take advantage of the winter break, said Ian Hamilton, Director of Campus Planning and Facilities.
“It looks fresh, rejuvenated,” he said. New lighting, computers, chairs and glass partitions between work spaces were installed. The study space in the hall outside the lab was also redone. A row of black chairs now lines the wall beside the entrance.
Miguel Chavez, a first-year New Media student, is happy with the changes. “It looks completely improved,” Chavez said, adding that it makes sense for Ryerson to spend money this way because it helps all students who use the lab.
Fourth-year Business Management student Lynn Phu also likes the improvements. She said the renovated lab will help students work more efficiently, especially because the new lighting will make it easier for her to see her assignments.
The administration is pleased with the results, Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said. “It really is a major improvement,” he said, adding that the university plans to invite Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Chris Bentley to campus to tour the facility.