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Sampson Room gets a new look

West entrance to Fuller Hall is updated in remodeling project

November 30, 2012
Anne Blankenship ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

A construction project at Fuller Hall is nearing completion as the building gets an update to the Sampson Room and surrounding areas.

Perhaps most noticeable to the general public is the work going on to the building facade near the west entrance.

The former main entrance is getting a new look so it won't look so much like the main entrance. Brick columns have been added and panels will be mounted in between the pillars.

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Fuller Hall’s west entrance and the Sampson Room are being remodeled. Completion is expected by year’s end.

"It will still provide access to those rental groups that use the Sampson Room and will also be an emergency exit," said Kent Harfst, director of recreation and public grounds for the city of Webster City.

A large area wasted space area was remodeled to offer storage space, Harfst said, which will house the tables and chairs sometimes needed in the Sampson Room for meetings or gatherings.

A new doorway leads to the Sampson Room and the kitchen. Harfst said the kitchen area will be open with counters to provide a serving area for those groups renting the facility.

Harfst said he was excited about the new technology also to be added in the space, creating an area for meetings or workshops.

"We're going to have a 60-inch plasma TV on the wall there," he said. "We'll have not only coaxial for cable TV, but we'll also have CAT5 cable for Internet."

"With that, if a group wished to give a PowerPoint presentation or other audio-visual presentation, they would just have to plug in here with their laptop and have it appear on the TV screen," he said.

The room will also be furnished with new tables and chairs for not only the Sunday rentals, but also for those who may choose to use the facility for parties, family reunions and other activities.

While yoga and low-impact classes will still be held in the room, Tae KwonDo and other marital arts classes will no longer be held in the Sampson Room due to all of the new tech equipment in the space.

"This should be a great multipurpose room for the public," he said.

Harfst said he hopes the remodeling will be finished around the first of the year.

"If everything goes well, we're looking at the end of December or the first part of January for completion," he said. "Plans are on schedule."



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