a few members expressed interest in an area to sit on the couch, and hang out, and folks didn't want it in the dust and noise of the shop, or to give up presentation space in the classroom, so the couch went downstairs.
the conflict is that in the recent shop cleaning, folks decided that (note thick sarcasm) those people in the lounge should breathe lead fumes, and the electronics bench went down there as well. realistically, if we can put in a fume extractor in, it's a good place for that bench as it'll draw the occasional person down, and is suitable for small classes.
already we've seen the lounge/cave used as a secondary classroom when we had 2 classed being taught at once.
personally, i'd like to see a 2nd couch, and a folding table live in there as lounge area that converts to small classroom, with the ele bench but some caddies to move the bucket of soldering irons and the like up to the classroom for a bigger class. and more light in there.
several folks have expressed interest in putting ~6ish computer workstations in the classroom (i'm not fond of meatspace, imho the entire building is meatspace) and most of them seem to think that along the fence wall will be the least intrusive allowing for classes to use them, still see the projector, and not eat up tabletops.
frankly, the cyberoptics cnc can prolly go in the cnc nook, it'll prolly get more attention if it's in front of folks, and that corner could get the encoder table and 24" plotter (i'm really gonna try to find the cartridge i have for it before wed) or they could go in the not a door corner, to support the computer wall. if we shift all of the powereed tables over to the exterior wall a bit, and maybe put them in 2 U shapes facing the center of the room as "stock" position, it might open things up, or leave the room too spacious.
personally i'd like to see the exterior (not screen) wall be bare, with more white boards, and us just skootch that way a bit.