Natural Sciences Expansion Grand Opening Sept. 25

The community is invited to attend the grand opening for the Joliet Junior College Natural Sciences expansion on Tuesday, Sept. 25, on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. with an opening ceremony and guest speakers, followed by a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with refreshments. Guided tours and demonstrations will be available starting at 4:30 p.m.Natural Sciences Expansion Grand Opening Sept. 25
One of seven major construction projects in the college’s master plan, the expansion and remodeling of the natural sciences program allows the college to offer more classes in some of its highest demand areas such as biology, chemistry and physics with state-of-the-art learning resources.
“It’s alleviated a lot of the backlog for students, particularly for classes like anatomy and physiology, or Biology 250,” Natural Sciences Department Chair John Griffis said. “Because our space has grown, we’re able to offer more classes, and people have been able to register for the classes they want, when they want to take them. They can follow their plan and get on with their program.”
The project includes a 37,000 sq. addition which mostly consists of labs and a 23,000 sq. ft. renovation of existing space that expands some labs and converts others to classrooms and offices. A renovated corridor on the first floor connects the addition to the expanded prep area in the existing building.
Infrastructure renovations include new ductwork, lighting, power/data, as well as plumbing upgrades. Renovated labs and classrooms include new flooring, ceilings, casework and equipment.
In total there are 21 labs, 10 classrooms and expanded prep areas for biology, chemistry, physics and geology that now allow classrooms to be solely dedicated to learning.
Sustainable elements of the LEED-Silver project include fixtures that use 20 percent less water than standard counterparts, a high-efficiency building envelope, abundant natural light throughout the building, passive solar shading and areas of permeable pavement in the courtyard that reduce storm water runoff.
The project is supported by funds from the $89 million building bond referendum that voters approved in Nov. 2008.
To RSVP for the event, contact Delia Ulloa-Jimenez by Tuesday, Sept. 18 at (815) 280-2201 or

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