Glen Oaks to celebrate completion of renovation project

Glen Oaks Community College later this week will host a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to recognize the completion of one project and the start of another.

Set for 10 a.m. Thursday, the fanfare celebrates the end of the school’s north campus renovation project. Meanwhile, college officials will mark the beginning of the south campus renovation project.

Funding for the $7.3 million renovation of the north campus was approved by GOCC board members in December 2020. The project includes renovation of the E. J. Shaheen Learning Commons, art studio, classrooms, restrooms and foyer.

Significant infrastructure upgrades were completed, including new lighting, updated IT systems, windows, doors, fire alarms, new electrical service – including a standby generator – and a new metal-insulated siding system to encapsulate exterior walls of the building.

USDA funding for $7.7 million is pending, paving the way for renovation of the south campus. The project includes a new entrance to the school’s athletic areas, improvements to the fitness center, conversion of the Nora Hagen Theatre into an instructional auditorium to accommodate larger class sizes, and new Allied Health classrooms and labs.

The plan also incorporates two new locker rooms for visiting teams and renovates the two existing home-team locker rooms.

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