CANON CITY – Students will be the big winners in the “Student Commons Addition” project that officially got underway today at the Fremont Campus of Pueblo Community College. A groundbreaking ceremony that included a ceremonial first turning of dirt by a team of shovel-bearers marked the occasion.
The event took place on the east end of the campus, where the 2,820-square-foot addition will be built attached to a main corridor. The space is intended for usage by student clubs, for student functions, and as a gathering area before and after classes for students.
It will include vending machines for snacks, a food preparation area with kitchen appliances, plus storage closets for tables, chair and other equipment. The Student Commons area also will be available for community events.
The $798,000 project is expected to be completed in late December and available for the Fremont Campus’ spring 2015 semester. It was designed by HGF Architects of Pueblo, with HW Houston Construction of Pueblo the general contractor.
The Student Commons Addition project represents Phase II of capital improvement projects on the Fremont Campus. Phase I, which was completed in the fall of 2013, was a $200,00 remodeling that reconfigured and remodeled 3,875 square feet of existing space in the Darryl Biggerstaff Learning Center (LRC) and in west wing classrooms. The computer lab and art room locations were switched, providing running water for art classes, and within the LRC it created testing and quiet study areas as well as classroom and meeting spaces.
The remodeling was necessitated by strong enrollment growth at the campus since it opened in 2001, which created a severe shortage of space. It was planned in concert with the addition that was badly needed to give students a “space” for meetings, hanging out before and after classes, studying, and for special functions.
“We are always committed to supporting our students however we can to help them be successful academically, and this Fremont Campus addition certainly will play a huge part in making that possible,” said PCC President Patty Erjavec. “It will enable them to be well-rounded students by giving them an opportunity to have the quiet time they need and for their social, club and business activities.”
A Capital Campaign organized and supported by community members from Fremont and Custer counties as well as Pueblo donors have provided funding for both projects, Importantly, it is being supplemented by a fees increase of $6.25 per credit hour, up to a maximum of 12 credits, that was approved by students in Feb. 2013 for four years and started in the 2013 fall semester.
Approximately $626,000 of Phase II is being provided by community donations and commitments. PCC will use reserves to pick up the portion of students fees that will be collected over the next three years, and those fees then will be reimbursed to the college.
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