Motlow Renovates Simon Hall
“Simon Hall underwent an interior finish and an upgrade to improve Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards,” said Brian Gafford, director of facility services. “This entailed a complete asbestos abatement, as well as removal and replacement of all flooring in the building.”
The first and second floor student bathrooms underwent renovations to become ADA compliant, while bathroom fixtures were upgraded as well to meet these standards.
“All interior walls were painted including classrooms, hallways and offices,” added Gafford. “New furniture was purchased for six classrooms and new student seating areas were also provided.”
Maintenance renovated Simon’s science labs, which included upgrading classroom technology.
New student and teacher stations were added in the chemistry, biology and microbiology labs and more. Several classrooms received upgrades to the audio/video and ITV equipment, including new large screen televisions and new projector screens.
The renovation plans were approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) in July 2014, with work beginning in May 2015. The total cost of the project was $1.25 million which included renovating a total of 56,294 gross square feet in Simon Hall.
Before 1986, Simon Hall was simply known as the “classroom building”. However, it was renamed in a dedication ceremony in honor of Morris E. Simon, former publisher of the Tullahoma News, who was instrumental in the early development of Motlow College.