This summer, Carroll University launched a new School of Education and Human Services
, headquartered in a freshly renovated Education Hall
, and directed by Interim Dean Dr. Kathy Kramer
. In December, the university updated that appointment by naming Kramer as the founding dean of the school
“I’m pinching myself,” said Kramer, who also serves as assistant professor of education and director of graduate education studies, but her amazement is mostly directed toward the building, which has been completely re-imagined.
The red and cream city brick structure was originally built in 1924 by Otis E. Glidden Co., a producer of pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food products, including Jiffy-Jell Gelatin Dessert. Carroll purchased the building in 1989, named it the Barstow Building, and used it as an academic building. It was renamed Education Hall following an exterior renovation in April of 2017.
Then, on June 27, 2019, a severe storm bull-rushed the Carroll neighborhood. Straight-line winds topping more than 70 miles per hour chased by heavy rainfall pummeled the structure, peeling off its roof and flooding the interior.
The storm left the building battered and forced a one-year relocation of the education department into the basement of North Bergstrom Hall. It also opened a door to fast-track a key objective of Carroll's strategic plan
—establishing (and housing) a new School of Education and Human Services. The storm, exceptional in both its ferocity and narrow footprint, left Education Hall in need of a complete renovation.
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Carroll President Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, education faculty and university staff got to work imagining a 21st Century building designed to facilitate the education of new teachers. The one-year renovation saw the 11,367-square-foot building's walls, floors and building systems completely reimagined, reconfigured and rebuilt.
“After the perfect storm, a perfect building,” said Kramer.
The new interior provides an exciting backdrop for preparing future educators. The main floor holds three classrooms, faculty offices and a student workstation. Two adjoining classrooms are separated by a wall that retracts, creating one large classroom/event space. The top floor is home to a conference room and two classrooms, including a model classroom designed to mimic the real-world teaching environments Carroll’s students will experience when they begin working in partner school districts. The lower level includes a computer lab, spacious curriculum area, open space and a student break area with vending machines. Throughout the building, designers created open, inviting spaces for collaboration, creativity and study.
A dedication ceremony
was held in mid-September to celebrate both the renovation and the new School of Education and Human Services.
“I am very excited to reopen and dedicate this space, as it will educate the next generation of effective and culturally relevant educators and school leaders. Education Hall has been transformed into an amazing place to collaborate, learn and grow,” Gnadinger said at the ceremony.