Batavia, New York — Genesee Community College Board of Trustees officially launched the next phase of the College’s Facilities Master Plan by approving an agreement to hire JMZ Architects and Planners. The firm will do the design and construction oversight of the Student Success Center and the College and Community Events Center, the two major capital projects outlined in the College’s Facilities Master Plan which was approved in 2012.
Based in Glens Falls, New York, the firm has a long-standing relationship with GCC, having designed the Conable Technology Building in 2000, the Wolcott Jay Humphrey Student Union in 2005, and also the Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery in 2011. The two new projects are expected to begin construction next summer.
The Student Success Center is a 9,000 SF facility that will accommodate core student services including the Placement Office, Testing, Career and Transfer Centers, Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar and other offices currently scattered across campus in makeshift, inefficient spaces. The two-story building will connect through a second story bridge to the Conable Technology Building and nearly enclose the Clock Tower Plaza on the west side. Proposed construction cost is $5.2 million.
The 43,000 SF College and Community Event Center will become the largest meeting space in the region and will offer flexible floor space not only for student gatherings, but also for community events such as trade shows, charitable events, athletic competitions and exhibitions. It will be located adjacent to the College’s current athletic fields and will house both classrooms and office space, as well as food services and a wellness center. Construction cost is projected to be $13.9 million.
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