On October 31, 2018, Bob Mathieu sent the following message to WCER:
Good evening all,
In August I sent to the Center a call for Letters of Interest for a complete renovation of the 4th floor. Specifically, I was seeking groups of research teams in WCER that are interested in co-locating and collaborating more closely on common thematic areas of investigation.
I received four Letters of Interest, all with very forward-looking ideas for collaboration and for use of the 4th floor. With help from my Director’s Advisory Committee and Dean Hess (since I needed to recuse myself from evaluating one letter of interest), the Higher Education group was selected with the Education Psychology Laboratory group “on deck”.
Given these selections, the renovation plans have changed. Now the 5th floor will be fully renovated, with occupation by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT), the LEAD Center, the NSF INCLUDES Alliance: Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, and the WeiLab. The design process is beginning, with construction currently scheduled for the second half of 2019.
As funding permits, a second renovation may be the central laboratory area of the 4th floor, providing shareable, modern testing spaces for the Education Psychology Laboratory group as well as researchers from elsewhere in the School and campus.
I want to thank the four groups who submitted Letters, and recognize their commitment to broad collaboration in the Center. In total they represented more than 100 faculty, academic staff, and students across the Center. Many of their exciting ideas for collaboration can still happen even without new spaces.
And I want to thank everyone in advance for your patience with this space development work. Being realistic, it will likely affect all of us to some extent.
FAQs regarding the renovation can be found here.