Arnold Hall Re-Opened After $4.95 Million Renovation

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Columbus State University re-opened Arnold Hall, one of the university’s oldest classroom buildings, Thursday, Aug. 11 during a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and open house attended by Georgia State Senator Ed Harbison and State Representative Calvin Smyre.

“The renovations on Arnold Hall are part of a long-range plan to meet the needs of today’s students and to match the feel, usability and look created by newer facilities built on campus exclusively with private funds,” said CSU President Chris Markwood.


Arnold Hall first opened in 1966 as Columbus College’s first sciences building. Named for Robert Arnold, a local lawyer and longtime member of the board of trustees of the Columbus Public Schools, the building’s outdated and inefficient space was adapted to reflect a modern, student-focused facility.

It now houses general-use classrooms, as well as the departments of English and Psychology, and offices for CSU’s Quality Enhancement Project (QEP).

Additional features of Arnold Hall include:

-- Large “Google Steps,” which offer students a place to sit, study or mingle between classes
-- “Huddle rooms,” which provide space for students to host study group meetings, tutoring sessions or student-professor conferences
-- LED touchscreen monitors and whiteboards to facilitate group learning
-- Modern classroom furniture

The entire building, renovated with extensive input from CSU faculty, staff and students, is handicap accessible.