Campus Improvements Solar Panels

Solar Panels, New Bookstore Mark Campus Improvements

From adding solar panels to a new bookstore to enhanced technology, the Law School is wrapping up a series of campus improvement projects. The changes, most of which occurred over the summer, affect areas of the Fritz B. Burns Academic Center, the Casassa Building, Founders Hall, the Girardi Advocacy Center and the William M. Rains Library. Many of these were designed to provide more convenient access to critical services and to enhance instructional-technology systems. These modifications were the culmination of a years’ long assessment of ways to best utilize the existing space on campus and meet the evolving needs of students, faculty and and staff.

Important highlights:

  • Solar panels were installed on the roofs of Burns, Founders Hall (pictured above) and the library. The panels on the roof of Burns were a gift from the Class of 2010. The panels will soon be connected to the power grid and result in energy savings for the Law School.
  • BookstoreThe bookstore (pictured, right) moved from the Casassa basement to the first floor of Burns with a grand opening on Monday, Sept. 16. The larger store offers more LLS merchandise and an improved layout. During this academic year, planning will be done with input from students to convert the basement level of Casassa into a student union space.
  • Interactive digital signage was added at strategic locations around campus.
  • The Information Center is now on the first floor of Burns near Sonia’s. This area also includes Information & Support Services.
  • Campus Planning, which handles parking passes and photo IDs, moved to Founders Hall 203.
  • A new office in the Office of Career Services in Founders Hall 118 houses an additional career counselor.
  • A new mail center opened in the basement of Founders Hall. Mailboxes were relocated to the first floor of Burns between the main lobby and the Burns Lounge.
  • A Graphics satellite office opened within the Information Center in Burns, providing quick-turnaround printing and copy services.


Summer renovations included adding classroom space in the library and updating instructional technology hardware and software in existing classrooms. Highlights include: 


  • Room 205 in the library, formerly a training room, is now outfitted as a classroom.
  • Room 204 in Casassa, formerly a group study room, is now outfitted as a seminar-style classroom.

Girardi Advocacy Center

  • Robinson Courtroom: New widescreen projector screens with high-definition capabilities; upgraded cameras to allow better capture of trial teams
  • Courtroom of the 90s: Upgraded projectors, screens, recording hardware
  • Control room: Upgraded feeds with high-definition capabilities, new screens, hardware to make improve media processing