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Taking Shape

DATE: Monday, March 12, 2018

$43.5 million Campus Center renovation advances

Work crews begin framing the new atrium leading inside the Campus Center.

Editor's Note: This is another in a series of periodic visual updates to the Campus Center renovation project. 

Work crews have begun framing the atrium that will serve as the new western entrance for the HCC Campus Center once a $43.5 million renovation on the building is complete next year.

Last week, a yellow crane with a long extension arm was positioned in the lower courtyard and steel girders stacked nearby. Since then the beams that will support the roof of the atrium have been lifted into place, giving a clearer picture of the scope of that addition.  

The glass atrium will cover an area previously known derisively as "the pit." The pit was an external concrete staircase that led from the lower courtyard down to the second floor entrance of the Campus Center. Pour drainage also resulted in the pit being a collection area for water during storms.  

Over the past seven months that area was completely excavated, a new drainage system put in place and a foundation poured. The atrium will cover the entrance to the Media Arts Center on the third floor of the building as well as a new stairwell leading down toward the cafeteria lobby on the second floor.  

Meanwhile, on the eastern side of the building facing Homestead Avenue, workers have finished putting a roof on the new front façade that now covers a exterior balcony that will become part of an extended dining area on the second floor.   Altogether, those two additions will add about 9,000 square feet to the 57,000 square foot building.  

Two weeks ago, HCC held a "Topping Off Ceremony" to celebrate the addition of the last beam on the new front face.  

Inside, walls are going up in areas on the first floor that will become the future home of Admissions Department, and the Advising, Career and Transfer Center, as well as the Student Engagement area on the second floor.  

A new main entrance has also been carved out on the first floor and a steel frame put up over a future foyer.  

The Campus Center is expected to reopen for the Fall 2019 semester. 

PHOTOS by CHRIS YURKO



  • Workers have begun to frame the atrium entrance on the western side of the Campus Center off the lower courtyard.

    Framing the Atrium

    Workers have begun to frame the atrium entrance on the western side of the Campus Center off the lower courtyard. 

  • Architects's rendering of the finished atrium entrance

    Completed Atrium

    Architects's rendering of the finished atrium entrance

  • A new roof covers what used to be an external balcony and will eventually be enclosed to extend the dining room.

    Under Cover

    A new roof covers what used to be an external balcony and will eventually be enclosed to extend the dining room. 

  • Wood covers future first floor entrance to the Campus Center

    Future Front

    Wood covers the future first floor entrance to the Campus Center. Former College Bookstore entrance to the right. Future home of the Admissions, Career and Transfer Center. 

  • External view of future front door shows frame for new foyer and dirt covering a buried Tannery Brook.

    Future Front

    External view of future front door shows the frame for a foyer and dirt covering a buried Tannery Brook. When it's complete, there will be a walkway leading from the parking lot over a bridge into the new entrance. 

  • Walls are going up inside the future ACT Center.

    ACT Now

    Walls are going up inside the future ACT Center on the first floor where the College Bookstore used to be.

  • Future Admissions area

    Admissions

    Walls are going up inside the future Admissions area on the first floor. 

  • Lobby outside cafeteria

    Eat Out

    Current view of the lobby outside the cafeteria. Take note of blank spot on wall where the big bulletin board used to be.  

  • Dining area looking back toward Food Court.

    Dining In

    Dining area looking back toward Food Court with metal frame for future Campus Store on the right.  

  • Food Court

    Courtside

    Still a lot of work to be done in the former Food Court


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