Northern Arizona University’s Liberal Arts building is reopening after a summer spent getting an overhaul.

The building, which includes the departments of History and English as well as University Writing Programs, will reopen in time for the upcoming academic semester.

Liberal Arts BuildingThere will also be two new computer labs for student use, with the addition of at least 50 new Macs and PCs.Renovations of the building include new HVAC and sprinkler systems, two exterior stairwells, fire and safety upgrades, new audio/visual equipment for each classroom, and two new lecture rooms, including a new cinema screening space that will house 200 people. Cosmetic upgrades include new carpet, paint, wood paneling, tile floors, updated bathrooms and a student lounge with a flat-screen television and vending machines.

The renovations were started in May 2011 and conducted by Kinney Construction Services. The project was funded by the SPEED package from the state of Arizona. Apart from some minor upgrades to the third floor a few years ago, this is the first renovation of the Liberal Arts building since it was built in 1963.

LEED Silver certification is anticipated for the new energy efficient features included in the renovation.