LCC students and faculty members joined in the Arts and Science (A&S) lecture hall room 170 Sept. 15, to discus A&S and Gannon Building (GB) renovations.
A PowerPoint was presented to show possible renovation ideas and to gain feedback on the changes LCC would like to see.
Jennifer Durham and Patrick Calvin are architects for the SHW Group in Berkley, Mich.who lead the renovation discussion.
The SHW Group is an architectural design and engineering firm that has an extensive background in creating effective, educational facilities.
“We want to bring the building to life; I want someone in a few years to say we tried to kick students out but they wouldn’t leave. That would be a cool problem to have,” said Calvin said.
Granger Construction Company, in Lansing, is in charge of the construction for the renovation.
According to Durhamand Calvin a budget of $10 million has been set for the project and is currently in the programmatic design phase.
LCC has given students and facility the opportunity to give their opinions on the GB and A&S building renovations by conducting a survey July 5.
The survey took minutes to complete and the information provided was given to building committee and design personal to use in the design process.
“I would like to see one system for using the different projectors and computer,” said Roy Klavier Ph.D, LCC facility in the Science Department for over ten years.
“The system we have now is different in every classroom; coming into a new classroom is like taking a quiz. If the renovation is standardized it will be an improvement.” Although the upcoming changes to the A&S and Gannon Building might seem positive, to others the upcoming changes are not worth the high cost.
“I don’t think we need a complete remodel but updates to something more modern. It’s not productive to fix something and spend money if you are not going to keep things updated now and relevant for the future because of constantly changing technology,” said Josh Martelli a returning LCC student.
Upcoming meetings will be held to discuss building plans and deadlines as the renovation progress moves forward. According to Calvin, the college’s construction blueprint is due to the state of Michigan by the middle of October.
Dates and times of future meetings to discuss these renovations will be posted on LCC’s website.
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