Temporary Building Demolition, Alumni Belltower to Move

The six remaining green temporary buildings on the Main Campus will finally be demolished in the coming weeks.

Most recently, Facility Services occupied the buildings. Now that they’ve been vacated with the completion of the new Facility Services building on the north side of campus, the old structures will be torn down to make way for the front lawn of the Campus Center.

Originally, the 42-year-old buildings were constructed to serve as temporary classroom and office space when the college split from Joliet Township High School and moved to the current Houbolt Road location in the late 1960s.

As the permanent campus began to take shape in the 1970s, the college found new ways to utilize the buildings, which were named after other community colleges in the state.

Four decades later, the temporaries still stand in the shadow of the new three-story Campus Center, which is scheduled to open this summer.

In the photo above, the green temporary buildings surround the new Campus Center.

Archival temporary buildings photos

Kaskaskia Building demolition in 2009

Photos of Kaskaskia Building demo

Share Your Stories About the Temporary Buildings

Rich Rivera, JJC assistant director of facility services, remembers his English class in the Spoon River building in 1972.

What do you remember?

Send us your stories or memorable moments for possible future publication. Send information to Kelly Rohder at krohder@jjc.edu or call (815) 280-2915.

Alumni Belltower Move

In addition, the Alumni Belltower, located between the lake and E-Building, will be deconstructed in the coming weeks to prepare for its installation in the front of the Campus Center, which is scheduled to open this summer.

History of the JJC Alumni Bell (PDF)

Get up-to-date photos, videos and information about the JJC Master Plan.

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