College Services Renovation
Construction for Phase 2 of the College Services Renovation will begin on December 7, 2020. Phase 2 will focus on renovating classrooms on the east wing of College Services, addressing deferred maintenance items including mechanical and electrical system replacement, updating HVAC controls and life safety systems, completing interior finishes, and roof replacement on some of the building.
The estimated timeline for completion of the third-floor, relocated Math Center, and reconfigured Administrative Suite is Fall 2021. Second and third floor classrooms are scheduled to be complete January 2022.
On October 21, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a bonding bill, passed by the Minnesota House and Senate during the October Special Session, into law. The bonding bill included Phase 2 of the College Services Renovation.
Phase 1 of College Services Renovation Completed
Phase 1 of the College Services Renovation Project was completed in Summer 2020. The first phase created an updated Integrated Student Services "Hub" that centralizes student service locations and will improve the overall service experience for students.
It also added small group spaces for projects and study on the first floor of the building, opened up the College Services entrance area to help improve wayfinding and building navigation, and relocated the Corner Cafe (prevoiusly Java Junction) to the first floor.
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Future home of a one-stop, centralized services for students. The welcome desk will serve as the first point of contact with both face-to-face assistance, self-serve technology and an automated queuing system. Centralized services will be staffed by cross-trained student services staff who will assist students with many items that are transactional in nature and are related to Financial Aid, Payments & Billing and Records & Registration. Students can be assisted in the open-concept table area of the center or through utilization of private consultation rooms outlining the perimeter. Respective student service department staff will be housed in offices behind this area with direct access to assist students as needed. Down the corridor just beyond this centralized one-stop area will be the Admissions department on the left, and directly upstairs on the second level is the Tutoring Center.
On the right of the Commons you see open study and gathering spaces for student use. These spaces will allow for flexible use and are equipped with plug-ins for technology. Just beyond, you see an open staircase going from first to third floors. At the end of the hall you will find the Café (replacing Java Junction) to your left and access to open seating space and restrooms to your right.
The Café has added space for traffic flow and seating. Informal seating options are added at the end of the hallway and open to the 2nd floor to take advantage of light coming in from the courtyard.
Student Services Map