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Construction will last for next three years

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The students of Grand Rapids Community College better get ready to put on their hard hats. Renovations  on campus buildings will start this fall.

According to Victoria Janowiak, the executive director of Operational Planning, the construction and renovations will take around three years to complete. The renovations will be funded by three sources: a $5 million state grant, donor support and the facilities maintenance fee added to student tuition.  The fee, which took effect this fall, is $100 for full time students and $60 for part time.  The fee will only be applied to students taking classes in the fall and winter semesters.

According to GRCC President Steven Ender, there will be about $40 million of infrastructure work across campus. Because of the failure of the $98 million bond vote last spring, other sources were found to pay for the needed construction.  Ender is hoping to create a better learning environment for students.

The design process has already begun for renovations to the College Park Plaza building. GMB Architect and engineering manager Owens A. Kampbell will be in charge of this project.

“The College Park Plaza renovation is expected to cost $5.4 million,” said Tom Smith, the Executive Director of Facilities.

During the summers of 2013 and 2014 renovations to all floors on Cook Hall will begin.  The goal is to have all facilities in Cook Hall accommodate all aspects of each subject in the same area, including labs and tutors. The Cook Hall renovations are expected to total $14.2 million. This will include new equipment and new furniture.

“The process of having Cook Hall done in the summer will help in having as little as possible interruption of student’s education,” Janowiak said.

Other campus sites will undergo standard renovation, which include infrastructure, windows, heating and insulation.

“We need help with the adjustment of the construction and student involvement is necessary,” Janowiak said.

She said that within the next month there will be a survey on Blackboard for student suggestions. For more information about the impending construction visit grcc.edu/hardhats.

 

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