After over two years of construction/retrofitting, we have new! classroom! buildings! Actually, the buildings are old, but they were completely gutted. They look much nicer, and are reportedly much safer. But there are issues...
Because Grit City is located in a (mostly) warm clime, these buildings are constructed with doors leading directly to the outside, rather than to an interior hallway. To protect expensive equipment inside, the doors are equipped with key-card locks. Once doors close, they can only be opened from the inside; one needs a key card to get in from the outside. Propping them open is impractical because they open onto public outdoor spaces. And, we have been assured, this "causes aesthetic damage to the doors."
The problems with late-arriving students are likely something you're all imagining, and you wouldn't be wrong. But then there's this:
"A report circulated this week that a faculty member was unable to exit a classroom due to a malfunctioning door lock. The problem was unrelated to the lock; rather, the door in question was found to swell when in direct sunlight such that it wedged against the door frame. Construction Management was notified of the condition and resolved it with the contractor... In the unlikely event that this problem recurs, turn the door handle and apply sufficient force to open the door."
I believe that I'll start bringing a portable battering ram to class.
It may cause some aesthetic damage.