21M renovation in Lasell’s future Reply

As a part of Vison 2017, implemented by President Alexander, Lasell will undergo a $21 million renovation. The renovation will connect academic building Wolfe Hall to a new structure, filling the space.  Photo courtesy of Bostonbusinessjournal.com

As a part of Vison 2017, implemented by President Alexander, Lasell will undergo a $21 million renovation. The renovation will connect academic building Wolfe Hall to a new structure, filling the space. Photo courtesy of Bostonbusinessjournal.com

By Allison Nekola – Co-Editor-in-Chief

The news broke this summer of a roughly $21 million renovation being made to the Wolfe and Wass buildings. Wass will be torn down, according to the Boston Business Journal, and turned into a “green area.” It was also reported that a new structure will replace the space between the buildings, and will stand adjacent to Wolfe Hall. A skylight will connect the two.

President Michael Alexander told the Boston Business Journal, “funding will come from a $10 million bond offering for the project as well as a combination of private fundraising and surpluses from previous years.” A Lasell official was also quoted in the article describing the updates, mentioning new biology, chemistry, and physics labs, an athletic training lab, and a mathematics lab. As well as 22 classrooms, 25 faculty offices, a bookstore, and café.

Students from all different majors are excited about the change. While most don’t mind having class in Wolfe Hall, students try to avoid classes held in Wass. “The heat is a huge distraction for me, I won’t be here when the renovation is over, but my advice is make sure [the building] is air conditioned,” said senior Morgan Nash. “I feel like I’m in high school still, even the bathrooms are outdated,” said junior Angela Connelly. “The ceilings are so low, I feel like a giant.”

The reaction from students was especially positive because they feel their tuition money is being put to good use. “I want our buildings to reflect the money [students] put into the school,” said junior Sarah Boczanowski.

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