Week of November 10 Wieboldt Hall 7th and 8th Floor DEMOLITION

Dear SPS Community;

Here are some highlight photos of the current status of the demolition of Wieboldt Hall 7th and 8th floors.  Remember, only Authorized Personnel are permitted onto these floors.  (If you happen to get lost on these floors, you will need a hardhat and safety glasses.)

(7th floor -(LEFT) hallway facing south; (CENTER) hallway facing north; (RIGHT) room 703, 704, 703abcd with no walls)

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SPS Facilities Updates

August, 2016 new-icon

Summer classes has officially concluded but the work goes on!  Check out new wall photos on the 4th, 5th, and 7th floors of Wieboldt Hall!

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Our mansion is also getting a much needed facelift;  during the months of August and September 2016 paint work will begin on the exterior windows and patio.  The long harsh winters have taken its toll on the mansion wood so a fresh coat of paint along with new sealant will reinvigorate the look.  Shortly thereafter, there will be interior work (2nd & 3rd floor new carpeting; along with repainting of walls), stay tuned for these photos.

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The month of July marks the Grand Opening of our new Osher Lifelong Learning Institute facilities in Evanston.  500 E. Davis 7th floor.  There was a ribbon cutting ceremony and everything.  Check out the photos and information at: http://updates.sps.northwestern.edu/

Copy and paste the URL into a browser for more details.

June 29, 2016

All carpeting for the 1st floor is complete.  The classroom was the last remaining area and that room was completed in mid June; somewhat later than expected.  Nevertheless, the room looks great!  Notice that along with new carpeting, there is also new furniture too – if you look closely though, does the furniture look somewhat familiar – perhaps maybe looks like the ones from Wieboldt hall? Hmmm…. Yes, these were “extra” tables that were not being used so we reassigned them to be used elsewhere instead of sitting in storage.  Not too shabby, says Dear Abby…!

405 Church classroom completed

June 2, 2016

The Mansion’s (405 Church St.) kitchen and conference room flooring is now complete.  The classroom flooring will begin on Friday June 3rd.  Sachin had sent an email out to those currently working at the Mansion with specific dates.  Here is the abbreviated email notes with some dates and action items:

Friday 6/3 – 7:30 AM – Movers to move out classroom 101, 104, and small area in common area.

Friday 6/3 – 9:00 AM – Carpet installation at 101, 104, and, common area to start.

Saturday 6/4 – 6:00 AM – Carpet installation to finish at 101, 104, and, common area.

Monday 6/6 – 7:30 AM – Movers move back 101, 104, and, common area.

by Monday June 6, 2016 – all areas should be completed.

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Carpeting materials are lining up outside the classroom awaiting installation!  Hold steadfast, the installs will be happening soon enough!

classroom materials lining up

Here is the classroom progress as of 1pm today (6/3/2016).  Looking good so far.  In case you were wondering, there is hardwood flooring underneath the carpeting; however, the carpet installers noticed that some areas of the hardwood floors underneath were repaired with non-hardwood or with …?concrete? (don’t ask why, we saw this when the carpeting was pulled up)…yikes.

underneath hardwood

Nevertheless, we believe the joint will look quite spiffy once completed and that is scheduled for this Monday June 6, 2016.

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May 31, 2016

As mentioned in March of this year, we will be getting new flooring at our Mansion (405 Church St. Evanston).  Here are the latest progress photos. Areas to install new flooring are: (classroom, conference room, kitchen).  As classes are still in session, a first look of the kitchen and conference room progress.

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April 15, 2016

Finally! The  lobby on the 8th-floor ceiling is complete.  Check out the newly installed lighting and wood panels.  If you haven’t gotten a chance to come to Wieboldt Hall 8th floor , stop by to have a look.  Nuff said!

8th floor

March 28, 2016 new-icon

New flooring will be installed at our 405 Church (Mansion) location.  The classroom, conference room, and the kitchen.  New carpeting will be for the classroom and conference room areas and the kitchen will receive a faux wood flooring similar to that flooring in our Abbott Hall 3rd floor location.  While there are no pictures yet, stay tuned and more details will follow.

March 7, 2016

Delivery of the new lounge furniture on the 7th floor hallways expands the student workspaces.  Especially now since the LOOP classrooms are closed and we’ve opened up new classrooms on the 7th floor.  The lounge room immediately off the elevators is also an added workspace for those who arrive early to class and want a conference type table for collaboration.  IMO, lookin’ mighty nice.

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February 24, 2016

Beginning sometime in March, there will be delivery and installation of new lounge and hallway furniture for the SPS community to use.   Located on the newly renovated 7th floor of Wieboldt Hall, the new furniture will “complete” the look and provide more community space for Faculty and Students.  Stop by the hallowed halls to check it out…OR come back to this site to see the pictures – either way these new fixtures will look stunning.

January 31, 2016

Now that the 6th, 7th, and 8th floors of Wieboldt Hall are completed; the LOOP location shutdown; 3rd floor of Abbott Hall is fully renovated we turn our attention to 405 Church Street.  Some/all of the salvaged carpeting from Abbott Hall 3rd floor swing space (less than 1 year old) will be used to redo the conference room and classroom in 405 Church.  We are also looking at redoing the kitchen flooring to update the look.  Hold tight, we will keep you updated to the progress of this initiative.

December 14, 2015 – 4th and 5th floors Wieboldt Hall

In case you did not notice, there’s something new on the walls near the restrooms.  While there is not a municipality code pertaining to these, there’s something to be said about experiential learning especially for myself… It was really tough for me to get around particularly through any doors because I had crutch(es) – (for those who don’t know, I had reconstructive knee surgery… glad that is over, but I am still in physical therapy).   I admit it, these were installed from a “centric” point of view and this served multiple constituents (faculty and students alike- especially OLLI students).

Please have a look and feel free to stop by and tell me what you think.  Selfish or not?

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November 10, 2015 – 8th floor Wieboldt hall Lobby

Our 8th floor signage  is finally installed on the 8th floor Lobby.  Looks cool!  There will also be an overhang wood “awning” with six (6) dimmable LED lights, (that’s why there is plastic on the ceiling), electricians are sizing up and will be installing this soon.

8th lobby signage

September 21, 2015 – Classes begin inside our new classrooms on the 7th floor of Wieboldt Hall!

Nuff said!  Check out the RENOVATION tab on this blog (updates.sps.northwestern.edu) for more photos and news!

August 31, 2015 –

A lot of moves happening in August and into September 2015.  Abbott Hall occupants have moved back into Wieboldt Hall, internal Wieboldt Hall 6th floor moves throughout the campuses and is currently playing musical chairs within the building as well.  Professional Development personnel will begin their move back into Wieboldt Hall and Distance Learning along with Enrollment Advisors will begin their move into Abbott Hall 3rd floor by mid November 2015.  Whew!  Check all these blogs for further updates to all moves and changes with respect to Facilities and Information Technologies within SPS.

July 15, 2015 – AED update

All AED’s have been installed in Wieboldt Hall and 405 Church Street.  These are located next to elevators and the majority of individuals have received CPR and AED training!  Additional training will be forthcoming soon.

April 20, 2015 – Abbott Hall signage

We are finally official! Check out the new signage on the first floor lobby of Abbott Hall! (click on picture to expand)

Abbott Lobby signage

March 6, 2015 – Daylight Saving Time reminder – begins MARCH 8, 2015 SUNDAY

Reminder to set your clock AHEAD one hour on Sunday March 8, 2015.

March 4, 2015 – Daylight Saving Time begins March 8, 2015

March 8, 2015 is daylight saving time – so SPRING AHEAD one hour. All of our Classroom clocks will be adjusted one hour ahead during the weekend. Your computers and mobile devices should be self-correcting; if not, please contact the helpdesk at x3-3333 for assistance.

March 2, 2015 – Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) installation  COMING SOON!-

SPS has been given approval to install several AEDs in Wieboldt Hall (floors 4,5,6,7,8)  and 405 Church Street (1st floor).  One of the university criteria is to place AED units where our retired learners congregate mostly.  We are planning to speak with the property management group  of 1840 Oak Avenue (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – OLLI) to see if placement of these units are feasible or acceptable on the 2nd floor.   The casing of one of these units is shown below.

AED Casing


February 19, 2015 – 1840 Oak Avenue ENTRANCE signage

This sign looks a lot better in person.   We are now able to see our School and Institute name from the street level! The nice purple background with the white lettering works nicely!

1840 Oak Ave ENTRANCE


February 11, 2015 – New digital signage displays in Wieboldt Hall

For those who have not seen it, we got new digital signage monitors to freshen up the look of our Wieboldt Hall lobby.  The other monitor screens were 50″ (diagonal) plasma displays and both screens were experiencing burn-in with faded images in the displays.  These newer monitors are not Plasma but LCD screens and have a sharper more defined image.  The diagonal measurements are 55″ with a “pop” look to highlight the School of Professional Studies in the Lobby!  If you have not seen them, while these images are below, you gotta see these in person.

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December 15, 2015 – Wieboldt Hall elevator shutdown REMINDER . . .

As a reminder. . . .
During December 24 Wednesday through Monday December 29, 2014, BOTH central elevator cabs will be shut down for critical life-safety checks, inspections, and power maintenance. These will insure that the elevators are able to sustain people and weight requirements during material transport.
If you are expecting guests in Wieboldt Hall, it is expected for those who need to access the 6th floor (faculty, students, staff, visitors) during Dec. 24 through Dec. 29 (Wed. through Mon.), to take the South Wieboldt Hall elevators located near the Superior Street entrance up to the 4th floor and then take the stairwell to the 6th floor.
We apologize for this major inconvenience, this time schedule was the only extended time available that would impact the least number of occupants because both elevator cabs are needed to be off-line simultaneously.


November 25, 2014 – Shutdown of non-essential electrical devices during the long Thanksgiving break.

As we enter into the long holiday breaks and weekends, the recommendation is that we should shutdown and turn-off all computer monitors and log-off the network.  All non-essential electronic equipment such as copiers, printers, and office lighting, just to name a few, should be turned off at the end of business day of Wednesday November 26.

This will help save electricity, extend equipment life, and help in mitigating virus attacks. Further, don’t forget to lock all offices and office doors as well.   Thank you in advance for your cooperation and have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving break.

November 20, 2014 – “New” signage in computer lab (Wieboldt Hall room 413) – (actually this signage was re-purposed but it still looks good!)

Check out our Computer Lab! (See below)  We found a use case for our Wieboldt hallway signage.  It was repurposed and mounted onto the walls within our computer lab –  so now the wall looks like new…again!

WH 413 signage


November 14, 2014 – the new National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Institutes layout

Here is the Birds-Eye-View of the new National Resource Center (NRC) area in Lydian Lounge.  Check them out below!

Option A Lydian Lounge<= Bird’s Eye View of the Lydian Lounge Space (Click onto the link for the overview)


NRC signage front <= (LEFT) NRC signage in front of Lydian Lounge room 317


NRC workspaces <= (LEFT) One of three Workspace Views

NRC Conference Room <= (LEFT) Conference Room within Lydian Lounge


November 12, 2014 – Elevator REMINDER: during December 24 Wednesday through Sunday December 28, 2014, BOTH central elevator cabs will be shutdown for critical life-safety checks,  inspections, and power maintenance.  These will insure that the elevators are able to sustain people  and weight requirements during material transport.  There will be further updates and notifications as the December dates draws closer.  It is expected that those who need to access the 6th floor (faculty, students, staff, visitors) during Dec. 24 through Dec. 28 (Wed. through Sun.), to take the South Wieboldt Hall elevators located near the Superior Street entrance up to the 4th floor and then take the stairwell to the 6th floor.

We apologize for this major inconvenience, this time schedule was the only extended time available that would impact the least number of occupants because both elevator cabs are needed to be off-line simultaneously.


November 10, 2014 – National Resource Center (NRC) coming to Wieboldt Hall!

National Resource Center (NRC) will be located on the 3rd (Third) floor in Wieboldt Hall inside the Lydian Lounge area!