RENOVATIONS INCLUDE ONESTOP CENTER AND MODIFICATIONS TO STUDENT CENTER
“Students will be able to access financial aid, advising, counseling, admissions, cashiering and more, all in one location,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.
CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s South Campus in Concord proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary last October. One year later, the college has plans to renovate its facilities to better serve students.
Construction on the South Campus main entrance, Building 1000, and the campus’s Student Center are slated to begin in summer 2013 with completion at the end of the year.
The renovations to the second floor of Building 1000 are to accommodate a new OneStop Student Services Center for the college. The OneStop concept places all of the student-centered college resources in a single, easily accessible location.
“No longer will students have to move from one building or office to the next to get these critical services. They can save time and get what they need in one place.”
The other Building 1000 second floor remodeling includes modifications to lobby and circulation areas, offices, and a restroom expansion to facilitate ADA compliance.
The college will use a combination of both state and local Cabarrus County funds for the renovations. ADW Architects of Charlotte has been selected as the architect for this project.
Modifications will also be made to the South Campus Student Center. The current area in the lower level of Building 3000 serves as a cafeteria and space for student activities and study groups. The present layout is overcrowded and provides limited study spaces.
“While this project is still in the very conceptual stages, the initial goals are to create a more flexible space to accommodate student activities, expand the seating area for students in the Student Center, provide improved access to the Campus Bookstore, and enhance accessibility to the Central Courtyard,” said Jonathan Chamberlain, Chief Officer of Planning, Capital Projects, and Environmental Operations.
The college is working with YCH Architects of Concord to develop several concepts for the project. Rowan-Cabarrus will use $480,000 from Cabarrus County funds for this project.
“The South Campus has continued to grow over the last twenty years, now comprising approximately half of the college’s students,” said Short. “The Board of Trustees is very pleased with the planned renovations and the improved spaces and systems that are proposed for our students.”
For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The college is currently registering students for spring classes.