JCJC construction update
Written By: Michelle Hahn, JCJC student writer
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Date Submitted: 2010-11-15 17:16:10
Renovations to the Fine Arts parking lot and the newly named J.B. Young Center for Business and Technology are now complete. Several other construction projects on campus are slated for completion in the coming year, including the Liberal Arts Building, which has been named Jones Hall; a residence hall, which has been named Anderson Hall; and a modernized facility around the existing baseball and softball fields, which has been named Community Bank Park.
The J.B. Young Center for Business and Technology is now open for classes. The renovations have given the building that was built in 1966 a modern look, and upgrades have been made to everything from data projection systems to climate control systems. Students taking Information Systems Technology and other business-related programs have classes in this building.
“The learning environment and access to technology are going to be so much better,” said John Carter, assistant to the president.
After completion in the spring, Jones Hall, located where the football stadium once was, is a three-story building with 18 classrooms, two computer labs, approximately 35 faculty offices, conference rooms, a coffee shop and a board room for the Board of Trustees. When completed, Jones Hall will hold all classes that are currently in the Center for Humanities Building.
Anderson Hall, named after Jones County Junior College alumnus Buck Anderson, is a 121-bed women’s dormitory with two apartments for managers. The site is located behind the Home and Health Building. Ground was broken over the summer for this project, and construction will be completed by fall of next year.
Community Bank Park, constructed around the existing baseball and softball fields, includes a full concession stand, up-to-date restroom facilities and a ticket booth. The baseball stadium will seat about 520 people and the softball stadium about
220 people with areas for people to stand or bring lawn chairs.
Another project that was started over the summer will take five to seven years to complete. Electrical utilities will be placed underground to beautify the campus and reduce damage caused by storms. This was included during the reconstruction of the Fine Arts parking lot.
“We are a little city, so it is a constant issue to stay on top of things and keep things safe, but that’s our goal,” said Carter.
Though the construction zones may not be convenient for everyone, the long-term benefits will certainly pay off.
(Michelle Hahn is a member of the JCJC student newspaper, the Radionian. For weekly news by JCJC students, visit www.bobcatpress.com)