MCCC gets summer makeover

MCCC admissions student assistant Courtney Salliotte got a little change of scenery for the past few weeks.
Several buildings on campus received a makeover this summer.
To improve the services offered to students, the Admissions, Registration, Switchboard and Cashier areas of the A Building were renovated.
The Admissions Office was temporarily relocated to the conference rooms down the hall during the construction.
“The only thing I miss about working in the conference rooms is the windows; we can’t look outside anymore,” Salliotte said.
The new office area was completed toward the end of July.
“It looks really nice. There is new furniture in the waiting area, and we don’t have the huge table up front anymore, just a coffee table,” Salliotte said.
The Admissions Office wasn’t the only project this summer.
“By the end of June we were able to complete a project upgrading all of the teaching/learning technology components and support systems for eight classrooms on the second floor of the CLRC,” said Timothy Bennett, MCCC vice president of business affairs and treasurer.
The project cost was around $173,000.
“Another major project is the repair of the windows and carpet replacement in the WHEB,” Bennett said.
“The seals in these windows had severe leaks.”
These renovations are still in progress and, according to Bennett, are expected to cost around $130,000.
The campuswide makeover does not stop within the walls of the campus buildings. The campus grounds are also being revamped for the new school year.
“We have also been able to complete the campuswide sidewalk replacement program this summer,” Bennett said.
Another project is the recoating of parking lots four and five. The cost for both these projects is around $160,000.
Also, campus officials had to remove the pine trees in some places because they were diseased. However, there are plans to replace them in the coming year.
College officials have more plans to improve the buildings on campus in the future, including renovating eight classrooms in the CLRC.
“A prototype classroom was completed last summer for a cost of about $123,000 for a total project cost of $296,000,” Bennett said.
“We hope to return to this project and complete the renovations to the eight rooms to match the prototype someday when funding allows.”
Several other changes are planned for this upcoming year. These include replacing the windows in the C and L Buildings, repairing building fascia, and improving some building entrances around campus.
“(These) are projects that we have been encouraged to do from outside consultants to maintain campus safety, efficiency, and building integrity,” Bennett said.
All of the money for the renovations comes from the general revenues of the college, including tuition, property taxes, and state appropriations, Bennet said.
“(The money) is allocated by the Board of Trustees as a part of the annual budget process,” he said.
Campus officials have been working to improve the quality of MCCC’s campus, welcoming students back to campus with fresh, new sights.
To the students and employees, Timothy Bennett said:
“I think you will join us in being very pleased with the work that has been accomplished and our good fortune to be able to keep your college in tip-top shape.”