The expansion projects at the Main Campus and Northeast Regional Center (NERC) are well underway.
The Northeast project entails construction of a new 45,000-square-foot building, as well as major renovations to the current building that will effectively double the size of that campus. An important green component of the Northeast project is the installation of a geothermal heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, which required the drilling of 220 wells during the summer 2009 months. This part of the project is now complete, and new parking for the Center is being developed on top of the well field.
We are pleased that the Northeast project is well ahead of schedule. The new bookstore in the existing building is now open. New parking will be available for spring 2010. The new building will be ready for occupancy in summer 2010, and the final renovations to the existing building will be complete by summer 2011. This expansion will allow us to provide additional full degree programs and to expand important student services in Northeast Philadelphia.
The first phase of the Main Campus project, the construction of the new Pavilion building, is expected to be ready for occupancy in spring 2011. The renovations to the Bonnell, Mint and West buildings will be completed in phases over the next 30 months.
The new construction at both sites is expected to achieve U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The new NERC building is expected to be certified at the gold level and the Pavilion at the silver level. Green building standards and approaches will be used throughout all components of both projects.
As construction progresses on the new Pavilion at the Main Campus, students, faculty and staff will continue to experience some disruptions in accessing the Bookstore, the West Building and the Gymnasium. During the Main Campus renovation phase, some instructional, student service and administrative functions will be temporarily relocated. In the Northeast, some classroom shifting will be necessary to accommodate renovation work on the existing building. In addition, parking at the NERC is more restricted for the fall 2009 term. Both sites will experience construction noise and changes in pedestrian patterns both outside and inside the buildings. We greatly appreciate the tolerance and flexibility which both students and staff have shown with respect to the inconveniences being caused by the construction at both sites.
The College has created a Web site, (http://www.ccp.edu/2008expansion/), to provide information on the status of the construction, including photos of the work in progress and architectural renderings for both projects. This Web site will also contain advisories to help students and staff members navigate the campuses during the construction.