Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. Building and J. Carlyle Sitterson Hall
The Department of Computer Science is housed in two adjacent buildings, the Frederick P. Brooks Jr. Computer Science Building and J. Carlyle Sitterson Hall. These two buildings are connected by hallways on all floors so that they function as a single, larger building.
Frederick P. Brooks Jr. Computer Science Building
The Brooks Building was dedicated in 2008 and named for the Department’s founding chairman, Frederick P. Brooks Jr. It opened up 32,000 square feet of new research space, offices and classrooms. These include a 50-seat classroom; the Stephen F. Weiss Seminar Room, with seating for 20 around a table; the Registrar’s classroom, with theater seating for 80; and the Faculty Conference Room, which seats 50 at tiers of curved desktops. Meetings or discussion groups take place in the Chairman’s conference room and in five smaller meeting areas, each with projectors. Perhaps the most striking area of the building is the noise-controlled graphics lab, which is divided into three areas by floor-to-ceiling blackout curtains for light and sound suppression. It has 11-foot ceilings and a unistrut mounting grid to mount hardware as needed.
J. Carlyle Sitterson Hall
Sitterson Hall, which opened in 1987 and is named for former University Chancellor J. Carlyle Sitterson, provides 74,000 square feet of sophisticated, state-of-the-art research facilities and office space for members of the department. It is organized in “clusters” to create research communities featuring shared laboratories and open conference areas to facilitate interaction among students and faculty. Included are the 60-seat C. Hugh Holman video teleclassroom, named for the former provost and dean of the Graduate School who was instrumental in establishing this department; a 125-seat auditorium; the Lib Moore Jones Classroom, named for the department’s first secretary; a reading room; and various research laboratories, conference areas, and study areas.
All rooms in both buildings have power and data outlets supporting gigabit speed to the desktop and are covered by wireless networking.