Paul Hall Center Upgrades Rolling Along


February 2015


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One of the most comprehensive upgrades in the history of the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education is proceeding slightly ahead of schedule, according to officials at the Piney Point, Maryland, school.


As previously reported, the project features new, state-of-the-art simulators, classroom expansions, hotel improvements, and other technological upgrades throughout the campus. Some of the new simulators were ready for use in mid- January; the remainder are expected to be in place by the end of March. The multi-million-dollar renovation also will include (later this year) redoing all roads and walkways at the school along with various improvements at the library and the apprentice dorms.


Among the work that had been finished by mid-January, the Logan Building reopened with new engine simulators, testing (UNITEST) software, liquid cargo simulation, and new heating and air conditioning. All classrooms were modernized to include LED projectors, and all classrooms are now multi-functional.


Additionally, the main bridge (a full mission bridge simulator) has been built and the 360-degree wall is up and painted; installation of the new bridge simulator was slated to begin around press time.


The progress didn’t end there. The workshop has been equipped with new lathes, and the simulator annex now boasts new radar/ARPA and GMDSS equipment. Various rooms in the Williams Annex have been primed for installation of two new tug bridges, three upgraded auxiliary bridges, and a full mission engine room.


Renovations were also continuing in the Drozak Building including classroom improvements and installation of a new crane simulator (Hagglund Ship Pedestal Crane and Liebherr Mobile Harbor Crane).


The Paul Hall Center—which includes, among other components, the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship and the Joseph Sacco Fire Fighting and Safety School—offers more than 70 U.S. Coast Guard-approved classes, many of which emphasize hands-on training. Students may have opportunities to receive college credits for more than 50 of those courses.

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