Hughes Hall, home to the College of Education, received some much needed improvements over the summer.

The work was extensive, including replacement of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that serve the second and third floors and the installation of new, more efficient windows throughout.

To accommodate a tight schedule designed to get the work finished over the summer, administrative offices and faculty who were teaching over the summer began moving into temporary quarters in Whitesitt Hall even before the spring semester came to a close.

“The move went very smoothly,” said Dean Howard Smith. “It was helpful that faculty who were not teaching summer classes didn’t have to move. Everyone had plenty of time to prepare and approached the move with a good attitude.”

The work on Hughes Hall totaled more than $1.1 million and was paid for with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Hughes Hall was named in honor of Rees Hopkins Hughes, the second president of the university and a professor of education and psychology. Hughes served as president from 1941 until 1957 and retired from the university in 1961. Hughes Hall was completed in 1962 at a cost of $475,000.