The "smartest" building on the Winthrop University campus should be ready for students and faculty when classes resume Aug. 21.
The new Owens Hall, behind and connected with Bancroft Hall by hallways on all three stories, will be "hot" for use of wireless laptop computers. Interactive computer boards will be in each classroom, as well as card-access computers for students in two computer labs and in some classrooms.
Winthrop operations director Walter Hardin calls it a "meat and potatoes building" -- designed purely for classroom instruction and available for all academic subjects on campus.
Owens Hall's neo-Georgian exterior appears to have been built at the same time as the 19th- and 20th-century buildings surrounding it. The color and style of the bricks and trim are an almost exact match. Its front faces what will become Winthrop's hub on the west side of the campus with a view of the campus green and running along a pedestrian promenade.
Owens Hall facts
• Cost: $6.3 million
• Size: 32,220 square feet
• Lecture halls: two, each seating 100
• Classrooms: Eight classrooms seating 69, eight seating 33, with movable tables and chairs
• Other amenities: A student lounge and two 23-seat conference rooms
• Its namesake: Winthrop volunteer and board executive committee member Glenda Pittman Owens and her husband, Charles Jerry Owens.