Davie Hall houses the department’s research facilities, classrooms and offices. Professor of psychology and neuroscience Mitch Prinstein and others in Davie Hall have worked to address the limitations they said the building imposes on the department.
“It’s not about the aesthetics,” Prinstein said. “It’s about the functionality.”
Anna Wu, assistant vice chancellor of facilities operations, planning and design, said a team is in the process of selecting an architect to evaluate the building’s functionality.
“We’re asking the design team to look at the feasibility of either renovating Davie or replacing Davie to meet the department needs,” she said.
The department’s needs are abundant, Prinstein said.
“We can’t do what we need to do for science, for undergrad teaching or to enhance our programs, because we are out of space,” he said.
But Prinstein said space is not the only problem. The building has asbestos, a health risk that means each small renovation project becomes costlier.
Another issue is that the building’s windows leak and lack insulation — which means cold indoor temperatures in the winter.