The Business and Aerospace University Computer lab underwent its first renovation since it was originally founded this summer, according to director Carlos Coronel.
Major changes to the lab include two spacious huddle rooms, upgraded seating and new wood flooring to replace the outdated carpet.
The lab now features a charging station for mobile devices including iPhones and iPads, as well as notebook-friendly lounge furniture. There is also a bar-style work surface in the center of the lab, which allows students to easily work from laptops instead of the desktop computers.
Another change to the lab is that students, unless they are entering the lab after 10 p.m., no longer have to scan their MTSU ID to gain access to the room.
“The remodeled lab creates a completely new look and feel, and I really like that about it,” said A.J. Netherland, junior mass communication student.
He also said he has yet to experience a wait since the renovation, when he had become accustomed to standing in lines for printing.
This is a renovation that the BAS faculty have wanted to implement for years, but the funds were not available until now, Coronel said.
Jenny Braman, a current MTSU graduate student in the computer information systems program, designed the lab using her previous experience as an architect.
As this is the lab’s first renovation, it is still undergoing a few changes. Because the lab is considerably used for printing, Coronel has requested to add the ability to print wirelessly within the lab. If permitted, this feature will particularly benefit students who prefer to work solely from their personal laptop or mobile device.
In addition, the staff is currently changing the old PCs to the Intel NUC, an ultra-compact powerhouse desktop. These will be attached to the back of each monitor, creating more space for students to work.
The lab also has a new set of hours to accompany the renovation. The lab, which was previously open 24 hours a day will be open 24 hours beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, closing at 10 p.m. on Friday nights. The lab will reopen from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturdays.
The BAS computer lab has always been a popular destination for students due to its generous hours and its ability to provide software for all academic disciplines, but Coronel believes this modernized renovation will result in even more students using the lab on a daily basis.
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