Construction at Grand Rapids Community College has started its next segment. Construction at the Applied Technology Center started at the beginning of the winter semester. The ATC and other buildings on campus are to be in an ongoing transformation process that will continue through the end of the summer semester.
Victoria Janowiak, GRCC’s executive director of operational planning, said “we are in the second year of a three-year bond construction project. There are multiple buildings that are going to be in various stages of construction, and much of the construction process will be going on during the summer.”
As zones are finished in the ATC, classes that have been moved out of the building are slowly being moved back in.
College Park Plaza was renovated in the first segment of construction during the summer of 2012. Last summer floors four and five of Cook were renovated, as well as the first segment of Main was completed.
During this summer’s construction, work on the ATC will be continuing. The biggest changes for the ATC will be new carpeting and painting.
Phase two for Cook Hall will be working on renovating floors two and three. As a result of this, the traditional location of many summer classes has been changed. The work going on in Main and Sneden Hall this summer will be mostly behind the scenes work.
All instruction has been moved out of Main and Cook during the summer session. Classes will be taking place in all the other buildings for the summer. Even student services will be moving out of the first floor of Main.
The Raider Grille will be taken over during the summer as a temporary office space. Even though everything on campus will be shuffled around, the goal is to keep the school’s academic schedule on time.
The library will be closed for six weeks this summer, and its services will be moved into the ATC. One of the newest additions to the library is the replacement of the windows on the building.
This is the last year of the bond-funded project. The entire project is $32 million between the state and bond donations.
Janowiak said for students to “just be patient … faculty will be teaching in buildings that they normally don’t teach in, and students will be taking classes in buildings they normally are not in, so it will be a very different summer on the campus.”
For more information on the construction process, visit bit.ly/grccconstruction.