The University of Akron, Leigh Hall Rehabilitation

Akron, Ohio

  • FIRM

    TC Architects


    The State of Ohio

  • AREA

    58,150 sq.ft.





The project included the interior demolition and abatement of all non-structural members, including the roofing, exterior glazing and entry systems, to rehabilitate the existing six-story classroom building into a new learning environment.

The rehabilitated building relocates the university’s distributed education head-end department and equipment to the first and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$91.94FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms floors. Four distributed education learning studios and a central distributed learning control hub are on the second floor; nine technology-enhanced classrooms are on the third and fourth floors, with the required infrastructure to convert them into distributed education studios; a suite for the Muehlstein Academy in Mathematics and Science is on the third floor; a suite for the Center for Collaboration and Inquiry is on the fourth floor; a suite for the associate provost is on the fourth floor; and a conference room, meeting room, faculty library and kitchenette for the Teaching and Learning Institute are on the fourth floor.

The first-floor auditorium was not renovated, and the fifth floor remains an unfurnished “shell space” to accommodate future K-12 instructional initiatives involving the College of Education.