New LCC conference rooms unveiled
By Ashlee Buhler
After nearly 10 months of construction, one of the newest additions to LCC’s campus is almost complete.
The new state-of-the-art conference center, located on the first floor of the Gannon Building, includes two separate conference rooms that will be available for college and community use.
The larger room is called the Michigan Room and will seat up to 150 people. The other, the Grand River Room, will seat 50.
“The college hosts large meetings regularly to improve our service to students and to collaborate with colleagues, professionals and businesses,” said Tonya Causley, office project coordinator for the president’s office. “The conference rooms will be a great asset for the college and the community, and will allow us to conduct very important college functions while not displacing students.”
Each conference room is up to date with the latest audio and visual technology. Guests will have access to a coat and storage room as well as a buffet room.
“Guests may choose from the current vendors in The Commons to have lunch in the Grand River Room,” Causley said. “They may also use Continental Café and Catering to offer buffets, boxed lunches, breakfast or individual sit-down plated service.”
LCC President Brent Knight spoke about how the new conference center will be beneficial to the college.
“It’s great for the college and the community,” Knight said. “Previously when we held an event we had to move classes or close areas and it didn’t work well.”
Causley echoed Knight’s sentiments.
“The Gannon Building is 50 years old and the college is continually looking at ways to repurpose spaces to improve functionality,” Causley said. “Previously to host large functions we had to displace students, cancel or move classes.
“The new conference center will help alleviate that. The location is easily accessible and the space will be rented only when parking is readily available — student parking will always be a priority when scheduling.”
After a few finishing touches to the Michigan Room, the conference center will officially be ready for use.
According to Knight, Google will be the first group to rent the space when its representatives come to LCC March 9 and 10 for the “Grow with Google” event.
A conference services website detailing room configurations, renting costs and catering options will be released soon.