Wilson Hall: best described by Department of English Professor Josef Verbanac as “a disservice to architecture everywhere.” Where the excuse “sorry I was late, I could not find this classroom” is all too common, and there should be a sign on the stairwells to the second floor reading “abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” However, it is not impossible to navigate, nor is the floor plan and room numbering scheme without logic and reason, if time is taken to thoroughly study it.
Because of the courtyard entrances, the first floor can almost be considered two separate buildings. One of these is larger, and has a bend in it. Because of this, it will be called the “L” side. The other side will be called the “I” side, as it is just a straight hallway. The L side contains rooms 1-100 through 1-132 and rooms 1-153 through 1-163. The I side contains rooms 1-333 through 1-151.
The whole numbering scheme starts in the center of the L side with “room” 1-100. Room 1-100 is actually the hallway right at the bend, the one with the elevator in it (however, the elevator is not in room 1-100, it is actually in its own room, room 1-163). It continues on to the south, with the bathrooms being 1-101 to 1-103. The hallway outside of the bathrooms is room 1-118. The area with tables and couches outside of the Math Testing Center is 1-158, with the entryway by the Math Learning Center (MLC) being 1-107. The MLC itself is rooms 1-111, 1-112 and 1-113; naturally. Continuing north, on the west side of the L side are rooms 1-114 through 1-122. However, it is important to note that room 1-120 is nowhere to be found. Room 107-B is the stairwell that is in the corner near the elevator leading down. The north wall of the L side (the one where the refurbished classrooms are), contains rooms 1-123 through 1-132, with the exception being room 1-127; which is the hallway.
The I side of the building is surprisingly straightforward. The rooms start in the northeast side with room 1-133 and continue clockwise around the building and ending with room 1-151, which is a bathroom. Rooms 1-137, 1-140, 1-161 and 1-146 are hallways/common areas.
The first floor numbers end with the south side of the L side with rooms 1-153 to 1-156. Rooms 1-160, 1-162 and 1-163 are hallways and the earlier mentioned elevator.
The second floor is much harder, primarily because it contains mostly offices. Because offices are much smaller than classrooms, having only two rows of rooms separated by one hallway is a waste of space. Instead, the second floor of Wilson has offices running along the sides with a third row running in the middle and two hallways. Unfortunately, upgrades and remodels have left the whole floor confusing and much like a rat’s nest. It has also divided the outer hallway, making the inner hallway the only one in which one can walk all the way around. It is important to remember this fact for navigating. Think of the inner hallway as a highway, with occasional “exits” leading to a small section of the outer hallway.
The best explanation of the numbering scheme is to think of it as a “U”, with room 2-100 right above 1-100. From there it continues around the outside, occasionally jumping to the middle to number the rooms there.
If you have any other questions, or if you are lost in Wilson, do not hesitate to ask someone for help. And remember to leave plenty of time to find your classroom.