Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Washington GIS Moves to New State-of-the-Art Facility to Meet Enhanced Growth of the Program

Moving vans arrived late in the summer in front of Goldstein Hall to move the GIS Laboratory to their new home in the Chestertown Business Park. Since 2004, the GIS Laboratory has been located in Goldstein 206, and in 2008 they expanded to also include Goldstein 200. However, with a growing need for space and increased physical and network security, it became evident that a move was needed. Due to space limitations on campus, any move would have to be to an office away from the main Washington College Campus. A potential space was quickly identified and secured at 151 Dixon Drive Suite 3 in Chestertown, a ten-minute walk from campus. The new office space is three times the space the GIS Laboratory occupied in Goldstein Hall.

After the space was leased the real work began, with a mere three weeks before the start of the academic year to move desks, computer equipment, install and configure network equipment and move a server. Thanks to a professional moving company, John Massey, Dave de’Marsi and Sarah Smith from the Office of Information Technology at Washington College, the GIS Laboratory was up and running when students returned for the start of the school year.

The GIS Laboratory now features private offices for full time staff, a conference room, a larger student work area and increased physical security measures, including a centrally monitored alarm system, electronic access control and video surveillance. The GIS Laboratory has expanded from nine student workstations to sixteen. Additionally, the GIS Laboratory hours have been extended until 6:30pm during the week and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays to allow student interns more flexibility.

The new address of the GIS Laboratory is 151 Dixon Drive Suite 3 Chestertown, MD 21620. Along with the new office came new telephone numbers. Please be sure to update your contact directory with the numbers below:

Carol Wagner: 443-282-0010
Andrew Wright: 443-282-0011
Stew Bruce: 443-282-0012
Emily Aiken: 443-282-0014
Erica Rhoades: 443-282-0015
Samantha Bulkilvish: 443-282-0016

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