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News Posted on July 21, 2011

Progress Continues in King Hall Renovation

King Hall Renovation ProgressConstruction crews are making rapid progress in the effort to upgrade the "old" King Hall building to complement the new, state-of-the-art expansion wing, which opened to faculty and students last fall.  Demolition work in the basement has been completed, the foundation for the building's Southwestern Addition has taken shape, and hopes are high that students and faculty will be able to return to the lower level over the course of winter break in December. 

In the upstairs, the contractor has worked to open the classroom corridor westward in order to provide for natural lighting and improved circulation, framed new classroom walls, and continued the upgrading of HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems.

Classrooms will be renovated to match the layout and technological capacity of those in the new east wing, and the Mabie Law Library will receive a significant upgrading, as the renovation brings an expanded and improved lobby, remodeled reading room, and the Hugh and Hazel Darling Lounge.  Improvements to the basement will include expanded office spaces for student organizations, the new Russell Jura '74 Student Locker Alcove, new reading rooms, and an expanded and improved student lounge.  The work is expected to take roughly 18 months, with the most potentially disruptive construction scheduled for the summer months.

Dean Kevin R. Johnson thanked the King Hall alumni, friends, and campus partners who have made the renovation project possible.  "Without the support of Chancellor Linda Katehi, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter, and Vice Chancellor of Administrative and Resource Management John Meyer, the renovation project would not have come to be.  The Law School owes them, as well as our generous alumni and friends, many thanks," said Dean Johnson.

With the renovation work already underway, the Law School still needs to raise more than $2 million in private support in order to realize the full potential of the project.  To find out how you can make an online gift to the King Hall Expansion and Renovation project, please visit, For more information on naming a room contact Jean Flournoy Korinke, Assistant Dean,, 530.752.1067.