Science building set to open in January

As the fall semester ends, the construction on campus will forge ahead.

Some new projects are nearing completion and some renovations are just about to begin. City College Campus Project Director Tom Fine recently provided City Times with an update.

Topping the list of developments is the completion of the new Science Building located at the corner of 16th and B streets. The director reports that science classes and labs will start in the building in January.

According to the college website, the approximately 73,000-square-foot structure will include space for Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, common areas and associated support space.

In preparation for these classes, construction workers will take advantage of a vacated campus to move all the classroom and lab equipment from current Science Department locations in the M and A buildings.

Also over winter break, workers will resurface and re-stripe the parking lot just north of the location of the new Science Building. Lastly, they will replace the sidewalks surrounding the new Business Technology Building and Arts & Humanities Building, which are to be completed by June.

“All of this work has been scheduled during the break in order to prevent significant impacts to the normal campus operations,” said Fine.

In addition to the completion of the Business Technology Building and Arts & Humanities Building, workers will undertake several renovations of existing structures on campus.

Approximately 15,000 square feet of the M Building will be renovated starting in early February, and will include an expansion of Student Support Services, a new bookstore, common areas and associated support space, according to the college website.

The C Building will undergo a badly needed overhaul of approximately 34,000 square feet starting in June. These renovations will center around the Media and Performing Arts Department, including new space for radio, TV, journalism, dramatic arts, dance and music, according to the website.

There will also be a renovation of the L Building, specifically of the lower level radio station, but no details are available at this time, he said.

“While the M Building and L Building renovations are scheduled to complete in 2014, the C Building renovation will extend into the first semester of 2015,” explained Fine.

City College will also undertake a renovation project of the A, D and T Buildings. The project will likely remain in the design stage through 2014 “with the goal of submitting the drawings to the Department of the State Architect in early 2015,” according to Fine.

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