Kirkwood Celebrates Completion of Linn Hall Renovations

By Heather Hubbs, KCRG-TV9

The oldest building on the Kirkwood Community College Campus, has a fresh new look. After nearly three years of work, renovations at Linn Hall are coming to an end, just in time for students to return to campus. They added a cafe and new seating in the lobby to make students, staff, and visitors feel at home in the building. They also added new lights and redid the floors throughout. The newly renovated classrooms no longer look like they were built in 1970. One of the biggest changes to the building is one students won't see, but they will be able to feel the difference.

 

”The biggest change is we got new HVAC system which means no more humidity, no more musty smells. It's a very efficient system with a geothermal pump and reinject system,” said Tom Kaldenberg, Associate V.P. of Facilities and Security.

 

That more energy efficient geothermal system will save the school money on heating and cooling costs. There are also some neat features in the new building that those from the area might recognize, such as a large globe in the lobby. The globe was once at The Eastern Iowa Airport and most recently at Ground Transportation Center until it was damaged in the flood. It's been completely restored and is now the first thing people see when they walk in the doors.

 

If you would like to check out the newly renovated Linn Hall for yourself, they are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday night at 5:15 p.m., tours will follow.

l Comments: (319) 368-8608; heather.hubbs@kcrg.com

 

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