Mercer County Community College to Begin Renovation Project to Improve Student Service Facility


6-12-08

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Future students of Mercer County Community College will be able to register for classes, see their academic advisor, pay their bills and take advantage of numerous related services at a One-Stop Student Center, complete with computer work stations and comfortable seating. The center will be part of a major renovation project designed to streamline these and other student services by renovating the existing Student Center and Library buildings and adding a two-story entrance that links the buildings.

Other than the Student Center's cafeteria area, both buildings will be completely remodeled, while also being brought up to current building code standards. They will have new lavatories, heating, air conditioning, information technology systems and elevators.

The architect's drawing of the new entrance linking the Student Center and Library.

The Student Center will get new roofing. "One of our goals is to be good stewards of the facilities we have been given," said MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue. "We need to bring these 36-year-old buildings up to current code standards."

As students drive onto the campus from Hughes Drive, they will see the façade of the new entrance. Designed by the Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., headquartered in Trenton, NJ, the project will add a second floor area to the Library building, utilizing space that is now open. The combined space created by building additions will total approximately 7,000 square feet. Tormee Construction of Shrewsbury, NJ, a company specializing in school construction, is expected to begin the project in July.

The plan includes moving the college bookstore to the Library building's new second floor, along with a variety of student services offices including a new Academic Testing Center. Short term parking will be located nearby to accommodate those stopping to register for a class or to take care of other business.

"By building within the framework we already have, this project will be much less expensive than building new structures," Donohue said. "It will enable us to achieve much-needed renewal and growth. Our ultimate goal is to better serve our students."

The project is funded through Chapter 12, a 50/50 shared debt service of the State of New Jersey and Mercer County. The funds are designated for capital building projects and may not be used for college operating expenses. The college will seek donors to sponsor rooms where their donations might be recognized by naming.

Click here for the architect's interior drawings.

Click here for information on temporary office relocations.

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