After much anticipation, construction on Martha Van Rensselaer (MVR) Hall began in August 2018. The renovations are the final phase of the complete upgrade to MVR Hall and are very exciting to the College.
These changes aim to improve the quality, productivity and overall experience in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall (MVR), in part by creating spaces and designs that promote collaboration, creativity and community.
At the same time, the construction work significantly impacts the Human Ecology community and its visitors. The renovations required approximately 200 people to relocate to temporary office and research space.
This MVR Renovation website gives a view of the project and helpful resources for faculty, staff, students, and visitors during the construction, including a quick way to search for people who might have moved to a new location during renovations.
View WORK-IN-PROGRESS in the image gallery below
(Updated images will be added throughout the process)
Renovation access map for MVR and HEB
Renovations map showing surge locations
Renovation promotes sustainability
This MVR Hall renovation project is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold status or better, which is what has been achieved in all previous phases of MVR renovations.
In this current phase of renovation, the College is reclaiming, upcycling and recycling a significant amount of legacy materials and pieces from the original MVR, and new innovations are cutting down on construction waste remarkably.
Total tonnage removed via demolition and abatement: 1,293.02
1,100 tons recycled/diverted
95 tons of landfill
Total tonnage of recycle/reuse during surge of faculty/staff: 13.05
What do you do with a warehouse full of desks, chairs, filing cabinets and other office furniture that you no longer need? If you are College of Human Ecology Facilities and Operations Director Kristine Mahoney, you hold a Warehouse ReUse event to give it away to community members who can put it to use. Warehouse ReUse event story!