Beasley Hall scheduled for renovation this summer


    Extension cords were strung across the room to the office’s few outlets as Nadia Lahutsky looked over construction plans.

    The TCU associate professor of religion and department chair has been busy helping with color selections and packing, she said, because Beasley Hall will be gutted this summer for renovation.

    The $5.6 million project is scheduled to begin the Monday following graduation and should be completed by early August, said Harold Leeman, TCU facility planning and construction director.

    During the overhaul, the walls inside the building will be torn down and offices will be upgraded. In addition, new audio-visual equipment will be installed in classrooms, Leeman said. However, classroom sizes will stay the same.

    “The offices are way below standard now,” he said.

    An elevator added last fall brought the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lahutsky said.

    According to TCU’s website, the building was built in 1952 and named after local business, civic and religious leader Theodore Prentis Beasley.

    A foyer that connects Beasley Hall to Robert Carr Chapel and the Jo Ann and Wayne Moore Building provides a quiet study space for students.

    TCU religion major Melissa Locey said the area is one of her favorite study spots.

    While Locey said she likes the fact that Beasley Hall is an older building, she does not like the shortage of electrical outlets, especially when she has to step over electrical cords.

    “That’s the one thing that comes to my mind,” she said. “If you go in the professor’s offices, they have extension cords.”

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    As for Lahutsky, the best part of the renovation, she said, will be having it all done.