Finally, funding was used to create a new materials testing lab for fashion and retail in the adjoining Communication Technologies Building. The old testing lab was in Heritage Hall.
The new testing lab, where students analyze the properties of materials that go into clothing, is about three times larger. Students can “work together much more easily,” Banike said, including in groups of 10 to 15, and the equipment is more accessible than previously for group work.
Near the materials testing lab is new storage and display for the program’s garment collection.
With the changes, all fashion and retail labs are now in Fryklund and Communication Technologies, which are connected via an indoor walkway. Previously, students had about a two-block walk to Heritage.
Most of the renovated spaces have enlarged historic photos of labs at UW-Stout.
The project additionally helps address a proposed complete renovation of Heritage Hall, home to the College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences.
Fryklund Hall, named after former school President Verne C. Fryklund, opened in 1962.