- The last day of July will be the first day of moving week
for the School of Education.
Faculty and staff will be moving from Bailey Hall and the Dole
Center to the newly restructured Joseph R. Pearson Hall and
Teacher Education Center.
The move marks the first time in the education school's 90-year
history that nearly all of the faculty and staff will be housed
in the same building, said Dean Karen S. Gallagher.
Gallagher said: "Our new facility will provide the best
learning opportunities available to future teachers, administrators,
counselors and psychologists in the United States.
"These new state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities will
enable KU to attract the best students and faculty, to add seminal
research and grant activities, and to make new resources available
to educators throughout Kansas and the nation."
The public may tour the school's new home during an Oct. 21 open
house and during the formal dedication, April 21, 2001.
To coordinate moving 235 people and their furnishings, Gallagher
contracted a professional move-planning firm, FaciliTEAM of North
Kansas City, Mo., to assist. Jim Hultine, assistant to the dean,
heads the school's move management team, which has met regularly
throughout the past year to prepare for the move.
Originally constructed in 1958 as a men's residence hall, the
seven-story Joseph R. Pearson Hall has been transformed by a
$14.1 million project into a 105,000 square-foot, student-centered
building with 18 state-of-the-art classrooms in addition to laboratory
and clinical facilities and office spaces. Renovation work, designed
by Evans Gould architects of Lawrence, began in August 1998.
In recent years, the school has been housed in four locations:
three on the Lawrence campus - Bailey Hall, Robinson Center and
Dole Center - and one at the KU Medical Center. Offices for the
health, sport and exercise sciences department will remain in
Robinson, and a few offices for the Center for Research on Learning
will remain in Dole.