During the next few months, both SAIS buildings in Washington, D.C., will be renovated in order to provide more state-of-the-art technology and enhanced amenities for students, including a remodeled student activities center and modernized classrooms.
The student activities center, in renovated space in the basement of the Nitze Building at 1740 Massachusetts Ave., will contain lockers for all students, refurbished bathrooms, a student government office, kitchen, pool tables, a projection television and a SAIS merchandise store.
On the building's fifth floor, home to a new Western Hemisphere program, there will be two new seminar rooms and one new classroom, which will be modernized to include the latest teleconferencing equipment. In addition, one level of the Sydney R. and Elsa W. Mason Library will be retrofitted with new digital systems, laptop computers and Internet connections.
In the Rome Building, located at 1619 Massachusetts Ave., the fifth through seventh floors will be remodeled in order to consolidate staff in Asian studies, the new Pew Fellowship for International Journalism, the expanding Central Asia Institute, the Strategic Studies Department and the new Center for Strategic Education.
The renovation work, which is scheduled to be completed before the fall semester, is part of an ongoing modernization of the two campus buildings. In recent years the elevators in both buildings have been updated and new heating and air-conditioning systems installed, and last year the computer center space was doubled and a multimedia/language lab built.
Edward Baker, associate dean of finance and administration for SAIS, said the renovation work is intended to provide "first-class space for first-class students."