Columbus State University Unveils Newly Renovated LeNoir Hall

Columbus State University unveiled its newly renovated and expanded LeNoir Hall at an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 27. About 100 students, faculty, staff, elected officials, and donors gathered at the event to celebrate the conclusion of the 15-month construction on the state-of-the-art science teaching facility.

Speakers at the ribbon cutting ceremony included state representatives Calvin Smyre, Richard Smith and Rick Jasperse, chairman of the House Higher Education Committee. CSU President Chris Markwood, College of Letters and Sciences Dean Dennis Rome, graduate student Ashley Desensi, and John Lester, chief of staff also gave remarks. Students were available to offer tours of the facility and to treat guests with laboratory-made liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Renovations on the 22,000 square-foot building, as well as the construction of the 21,000 square foot addition, were backed by $13.3 million in state funding. Private donors added about $2 million in private funds. The new addition includes six new laboratories, two student lobby/meeting areas, three student study areas, renovation of several existing labs, and some of the most sophisticated science equipment. One new lab has 12 chemical vent hoods, which is triple the total number previously available.

The new lab and additional facilities, which open for classes in January 2019, will serve both undergraduate and graduate studies, facilitate growth in the sciences, and assist faculty members.

LeNoir Hall was named for Dr. William "Bill" LeNoir, who served as acting president of Columbus College, now Columbus State University, twice during his 34-year career as a botany professor. LeNoir retired as dean emeritus in 1995.