SHERIDAN — Construction efforts are marching forward at Sheridan College with a variety of enhancements on track to open before the start of the fall 2014 semester.
Current projects underway include the renovation and expansion of the Thorne-Rider Campus Center, changes to the facade of the Griffith Memorial Building and the construction of the new Whitney Mall.
The mall is an outdoor area set to include a plaza, a walk path through the center of campus that will connect all of the main buildings, and an amphitheater.
SC Director of Facilities Kent Anderson said the amphitheater would have seating space conducive to concerts and other outdoor events.
“This is a huge outdoor undertaking almost like a park project,” Anderson said. “Right now we are ahead of schedule and just hoping to get through spring without getting too wet.”
Anderson said the goal of the Thorne-Rider Campus Center project is to improve the quality of life for on-campus students with the construction of what is essentially a student union.
The center will house a dining facility, spaces for students to gather including a game room and more.
“You can see by the renderings that this is going to be just as impressive as our new academic center is,” Anderson said.
The student union building currently has sheet rock up, painting has begun, the ceiling grid is going in and the carpet is going to be installed in the next couple weeks.
Some work has begun on the Whitney Mall.
Throughout the area, large open trenches can be found right now due to construction crews relocating underground utilities. However, the majority of the outdoor work will begin after the building is complete and will be the last piece of the project to be finished.
“The recruiting capability of Sheridan College increases drastically with this student union building,” Anderson said. “Our ability to get and keep quality students is going to grow exponentially.”
In addition to being on schedule with the renovation timetable set, crews are also operating on budget.
Anderson added that he is happy to give anyone a tour of the facility that is interested in the progress.