ASU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences recently rebranded itself as “The College,” a name that reflects what ASU President Michael Crow calls the “core of the core of the core” of the institution, which is home to traditional post-secondary disciplines: history, philosophy, political science, chemistry, physics and English. And Kitchell’s role in this new “academic heart” of the institution was facilitating a major remodel of the home of The College – Armstrong Hall – a building that the University originally thought would be torn down.
“Kitchell turned this old building into a wonderful facility for staff and students,” said CLAS Dean Patrick J. Kenney about the transformation of Armstrong Hall at a thank you event in January. “They should be recognized as miracle workers!”
The complete renovation included all of the building interior: plumbing, electrical, drywall, etc. and the courtyard area. The first floor was completely transformed encompassing nearly 46,000 square feet of remodeled space focused entirely on student success, with academic advising and a student services hub. The second floor houses the Dean’s office and administration.
The building was formerly home to ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor Law School, which relocated to downtown Phoenix in 2016. During construction Kitchell was asked to give a private tour to law school alumnus and late Congressman Ed Pastor. KCI Project Superintendent Art Haydu was fortunate to escort Pastor on the private tour. He was amazed at the transformation and shared many stories of his law school days.
See a video about the rebranded college here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=99&v=35gWAEkgluw.