Hyder Construction Completes DU's Margery Reed Hall
October 1, 2014
School is back in session at the University of Denver and this semester students came back to a newly-renovated Margery Reed Hall. The renovation to the hall, originally built in 1929, included some exterior restoration, landscaping elements, and interior renovations and space reallocation to accommodate classrooms and offices for the Daniels College of Business. The highlight of the project is the updated 169-seat presentation hall, a remodel of the old theater that included installing high-end lighting fixtures, configuring wired stadium seating, restoring the old theater stage, and protecting the existing historic Shakespearean mural.
The renovated Margery Reed Hall includes 11 classrooms with a capacity of 15 to 38 students each. Additional classrooms support low faculty-student class-size ratios. These include stadium-style classrooms with technology-rich work areas and wireless connectivity throughout that enables students to connect and access coursework from anywhere in the building. The building houses centralized and efficient space for the Office of Undergraduate Programs, Academic Advising, the Office of Communications and Marketing and suites for faculty members and visiting scholars, making it easier for students to connect with their mentors, advisors and resources.
Margery Reed herself died shortly after visiting Peru, most likely of a disease she contracted there, in May of 1925. To commemorate her, Margery’s mother, Mary Reed, donated funds to build Margery Reed Hall, which until recently served as home to DU’s theater department. There are even rumors that the building is haunted. This is Hyder’s 6th project for the University.