Orange cones, yellow caution tape and temporary chain link fences have sprouted up across campus. Construction season has returned to OCC! Large projects are underway in three of the College’s main academic buildings. You can see a slideshow of progress in action at the bottom of this story.
- The demolition and rebuilding of the west entry plaza is known as the Green Gateway and Living Lab project. It is focused on sustainable initiatives which will slow or reduce the amount of rainwater released into local waterways. The new plaza will include permeable pavers and permeable asphalt to lessen surface runoff, bio retention areas to retain and treat rainwater and a harvesting system which will capture rainwater from the roof. That rainwater will be used in the toilet flushing process. There will also be monitoring wells drilled so Geology students can monitor groundwater quality. Signage will be installed both outside Mawhinney Hall and on the West Quad which was renovated last summer. The signage will inform the campus community about the College’s sustainability efforts. The work will be complete by the start of the fall 2016 semester.
- The top-to-bottom, front-to-back renovation of Coulter Library has entered phase two. Work is focused on the front half of the building which faces the West Quad. This phase is expected to be completed by the beginning of the fall 2016 semester. During the first phase, which began in December, the second and third floors in the back half of the building were totally renovated. The third and final phase will begin in August and is scheduled to be completed in January 2017.
Gordon Student Center
- The first floor of the Gordon Student Center is undergoing a complete makeover. Finishing touches are being put on a new student recreation area which will be called, “Lazer Lounge.” On the opposite side of the hall the Hospitality Management area is being revamped as part of the Food Science Lab; Center for Training and Entrepreneurship.