Coe College plans Hickok Hall rededication, open house

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-04-10 10:00:22 - General

The attractive 5,000-square-foot addition on the west side of the building provides additional classroom space and a new student lounge.
The attractive 5,000-square-foot addition on the west side of the building provides additional classroom space and a new student lounge.

Coe College will host a Hickok Hall rededication and donor recognition ceremony on Friday, April 21. An open house and tours begin at 4 p.m., with the dedication planned for 5 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall. Along with celebrating the renovation, the college will also dedicate the new 5,000-square-foot addition in honor of longtime Coe Mathematics Professor W. Kent Herron, made possible through a seven-figure gift from Coe alumnus John Eckstein, class of 1985. The open house and dedication are open to the public.

During the dedication ceremony, those who provided funding for named classroom and office spaces will be recognized. The Hickok renovation was funded in part by a generous grant from the Hall-Perrine Foundation, along with support from alumni and friends of the college.

Along with serving as one of Coe's main academic buildings for nearly 70 years, many public lectures and other events take place in Hickok Hall each year, including the Thursday Forum series. With the completion of the $3 million renovation and addition project, more community events can take place in the facility.

"Hickok Hall has been transformed into a place where Coe's hallmarks - top-quality academics and close student-faculty relationships - can take place in modern, spacious, technology-enabled classrooms - in a building that is accessible to all," said Coe President David McInally. "With a special thanks to John Eckstein for his major gift for the Hickok addition as well as the support of the Hall-Perrine Foundation, we are grateful to Coe alumni and friends of the college for making this project possible."

The renovation and expansion of Hickok Hall

Hickok Hall is home to several academic departments, including English, foreign languages, gender studies, history, humanities, philosophy and religion, and political science. Coe's enrollment has grown by 30 percent over the past 15 years, creating many more course offerings. In response, Coe has added numerous faculty members and class sections during that period, necessitating additional classrooms and faculty offices.

The Hickok project has been a high priority to provide a first-rate educational environment for the academic programs housed in the building. The renovations and addition include the following:

  • Full accessibility - The new and renovated facility is now fully accessible to all. An elevator has been installed in the building and new restrooms have been built to enhance accessibility.
  • Complete interior renovation - The entire building has received a facelift that includes new energy efficient windows, floor coverings, classroom furnishings and office furniture for the faculty and staff. In addition, the project includes new energy-efficient lighting and wall coverings. The lobby has also been completely refurbished, creating a welcoming environment.
  • Additional space - The attractive 5,000-square-foot addition on the west side of the building provides additional classroom space and a new student lounge.

To get the project underway, new windows were installed in Hickok Hall in 2015. The renovation work and construction of the addition was done during the summer of 2016, with the project essentially completed by the start of classes last fall.

The Make Your Move Campaign

In October 2015, Coe College embarked on the largest capital project in its history, one which will provide unparalleled benefits for future generations of students while creating pride among all Kohawks. Make Your Move - the Campaign for Eby and Hickok - includes $24 million in essential campus enhancements, including the athletic and recreation complex project as well as the renovation and expansion of Hickok Hall. The result will be vastly improved academic, recreational, wellness and competition facilities.

The $21 million athletic and recreation complex project, including the renovation of Eby Fieldhouse, is slated to be finished in August 2017.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.