August 10, 2023

Finishing touches: M. Roy Wilson State Hall opening delayed until later this fall

The outside of State Hall is seen as construction continues on the building.
The opening of State Hall is delayed until Oct. 2.

M. Roy Wilson State Hall’s impressive $70 million renovation continues, but supply chain issues will delay the opening, which was previously planned to coincide with the start of fall classes.

“We know that everyone is looking forward to teaching and learning in this fantastic new environment; unfortunately, we’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Kornbluh. “It is a truly impressive project, and the wait will be worth it.”

Despite the issues, State Hall is still expected to open this fall, on Oct 2.

Faculty and students with classes scheduled in State Hall will be notified via email with details of their new classroom locations as soon as the changes are made by the registrar's office.

Students will also receive an email on the first day of classes with their complete schedule, which will include the new classroom locations.

“Emails will be sent out as our office makes those changes,” said Registrar Kurt Kruschinska. “The scheduling office is already hard at work on this and they do a great job making all these moving parts work. I anticipate it will take them about a week or so to move everything.”

Once State Hall is ready, faculty and students will be notified and their classes will be moved into the building.

The renovation team met with students and faculty to determine what they wanted to see in the building and used that information when planning the renovation.

When completed, the fully renovated State Hall will feature new classrooms, lecture halls, meeting and lounge spaces, a reflection room, lactation room, and all-gender restrooms.

Classrooms will offer hybrid capabilities and there will also be spaces for students to use for virtual classes. The building will also retain some of its classic architectural features, including the grand staircases and the terrazzo floors in the first-floor hallways.

The facility’s new name was approved by the Wayne State Board of Governors in honor of the university’s 12th president M. Roy Wilson, who ended his decade-long presidency in July.

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