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Rough Cuts

DATE: Friday, October 6, 2017

Take a look inside and around the HCC Campus Center, where a $43.5 million renovation project is now under way.

Front of Campus Center now under construction

Tannery Brook is underground. The stream that runs along the east side of the HCC Campus Center now flows through six-foot metal conduit and is buried under tons of fill and dirt strong enough to support the heavy machines required to renovate the building during a two-year, $43.5 million project.

On the courtyard side, the descending stairwell to the cafeteria entrance has been excavated, making space for what will eventually become an enclosed atrium.

Construction fences went up around the site during the summer. Demolition began soon after. Since then, crews have been busy chipping, scraping, peeling, stripping and hauling away tons of concrete and other material from both the interior and exterior.

Curious about what's going on? Want to know what's been done so far and what the Campus Center will become? Take a look at the slideshow below.

Eventually, as you'll see in the architect's renderings, the building's sloping surfaces will be squared off and the concrete façade covered with metal cladding to fix the water leaks that have plagued the building since it opened in 1980.

Exterior walkways will be enclosed, and the addition of large windows on the eastern side of the building - looking out from an expanded dining room - will give the Campus Center a look that complements the adjacent Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development.

All told the project will add about 9,000 square feet of space to the current 58,727 square feet.

Tannery Brook will eventually be returned to its natural state and, with an assist from HCC students, the streambed planted with native vegetation.

A dedicated visitors parking lot will direct prospective students and their families over a bridge crossing the brook and leading to the first floor, where they will find a new Admissions, Advising, and Testing suite. The second floor will feature updated and expanded dining facilities, a new Campus Store, lounge areas, charging stations and Student Activities office.

"The main impetus for this project is to get the building watertight," said Bill Fogarty, vice president of Administration and Finance, "but we also wanted to improve the operation of the building and bring together programs and departments that complement each other to make the Campus Center a real hub of student engagement."

Media Arts and Photography will return to the third floor of the building, which is also being updated with new ductwork, lighting and ceilings.

Construction is expected to last two years with the building reopening for the Fall 2019 semester.

PHOTOS by CHRIS YURKO



  • Campus Center facing east before renovation

    Campus Center Renovation

    A view of the HCC Campus Center before the renovations.

  • An architect's rendering of the renovated HCC Campus Center

    Campus Center Renovation

    An architect's rendering of the renovated HCC Campus Center

  • Current view of the Campus Center with Tannery Brook now running underground.

    Campus Center Renovation

    Current view of the Campus Center where Tannery Brook has been temporarily relocated underground.

  • An architect's rendering of the renovated HCC Campus Center at dusk

    Campus Center Renovation

    An architect's rendering of the renovated HCC Campus Center at dusk

  • An architect's rendering of the west entrance to the Campus Center, where a new atrium will enclose the stairs leading from the courtyard down to the second floor cafeteria.

    Campus Center Renovation

    An architect's rendering of the west entrance to the Campus Center, where a new atrium will enclose the stairs leading from the courtyard down to the second floor cafeteria.

  • Campus Center couryard side excavation

    Campus Center Renovation

    Courtyard entrance to Campus Center being dug up to make room for a new atrium to enclose what was an exterior staircase.

  • An architect's rendering of the eastside entrance to the Campus Center, where a new bridge leads from the parking lot, and over Tannery Brook.

    Campus Center Renovation

    An architect's rendering of the eastside entrance to the Campus Center, where a new bridge leads from the parking lot, and over Tannery Brook.

  • Inside of first floor lobby looking out

    Campus Center Renovation

    Facilities director Dan Campbell looks out the hole that will become the new front door to a renovated Campus Center. 

  • The first floor lobby outside the relocated Admissions office and ACT Center.

    Campus Center Renovation

    An architect's rendering of the first floor lobby outside the relocated Admissions office and ACT Center.

  • The first floor lobby looking up the stairs

    Campus Center Renovation

    The first floor lobby looking up the stairs to the second floor. 

  • Admissions Office, architect's rendering

    Campus Center Renovation

    Admissions Office, architect's rendering  

  • New Admissions space

    Campus Center Renovation

    Former classroom space on the first floor has been gutted to make room for new Admissions office. 

  • An architect's rendering of the new Advising, Career and Transfer Center.

    Campus Center Renovation

    An architect's rendering of the new Advising, Career and Transfer Center.  

  • Former bookstore space

    Campus Center Renovation

    Former bookstore space will become the new Admissions, Career, and Transfer Affairs office — the ACT Center. 

  • An architect's rendering of new Campus Center stairway

    Campus Center Renovation

    An architect's rendering of new Campus Center stairway    

  • An architect's rendering of the renovated Food Court

    Campus Center Renovation

    An architect's rendering of the renovated Food Court 

  • An architect's rendering of the new Student Engagement area

    Campus Center Renovation

    An architect's rendering of the new, second-floor Student Engagement area, with the College Store on the left and offices on the right. 

  • Space to become new Student Engagement area

    Campus Center Renovation

    Second floor space will become the new Student Engagement area, which include an expanded dining room, Campus Store, and Student Activities office. 

  • An architect's rendering of the expanded dining area

    Campus Center Renovation

    An architect's rendering of the expanded dining area

  • The exterior walkway on the second floor

    Campus Center Renovation

    The exterior walkway on the second floor will be enclosed to add room for student dining. 


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