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Franklin Lobby 1 now open for business

As of Tuesday, March 1, the new ground floor conference room at 1111 Franklin St., known officially as Franklin Lobby 1, will be available and open for bookings.

With teleconferencing equipment and its own kitchen and restroom facilities, the room accommodates up to 110 occupants and has portable furniture that can be easily moved to reconfigure the setup. It also features a public address system and second enclosed conference room for smaller group meetings. The room can be converted to an emergency operations center as needed.

Michael Keleman of Building Services, who managed the renovation, completely transformed a space that was originally designed as a bank. “He did an amazing job of managing costs by retaining some of the room’s original features and turning liabilities into assets,” said Michael Reese, associate vice president for business operations. “This results in a significant cost savings for the Office of the President.”

For bookings, priority will be given to groups of 20 or more, meetings that would otherwise require leasing outside space at a cost to the university, and executive-level meetings.

To reserve the room, check availability and schedule at the iSchedule website. If you don’t have a login, call the Work Management Center at 987-0600 to get one. If room setup is required, submit an iRequest through your department representative 3 to 5 days prior to your event.

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