Space renovations for Computer Sciences and Statistics departments help meet growing student and faculty needs

By Nicole Herzog, UW Computer, Data & Information Sciences

When students and faculty come back to campus this summer and fall, they are in for a nice surprise. Though the pandemic has resulted in many of us working from home, many on campus have been hard at work preparing for the Fall 2021 semester. Within the School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences (CDIS), the departments of Computer Sciences (CS) and Statistics have been reconfiguring, updating and refurbishing facilities and community spaces to meet growing student, staff and faculty needs.

While plans are in the works for a new CDIS building to house all three departments, the rising number of students enrolled in CDIS majors has tasked both Computer Sciences and Statistics departments with ensuring that current spaces are both welcoming and efficient.

Over the last several months, a team from CDIS, CS, Statistics as well as Facilities & Plant Management worked together to design, move walls, add technology, paint, install cabinets, hang art, deliver new furniture and more to the current Computer Sciences and Statistics buildings. Additional updates include: renovated study spaces in both the CS and Statistics buildings, a kitchen and lounge area intended to welcome the influx of new Data Science students, refurbished meeting spaces and a cutting-edge robotics lab. Read more …