The Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees approved the schematic designs for the Multipurpose Center and the Romeoville Campus Expansion Tuesday night, allowing the college to move forward with the design development phase for the two facilities.
“We are pleased to be moving forward in this process,” said JJC President Dr. Debra Daniels. “Once completed, both the Multipurpose Center and the Romeoville Campus Expansion will allow us to better serve the growing needs of our student population.”
Both the Multipurpose Center and the Romeoville Campus Expansion are outlined as priority projects in the college’s 2013 Master Plan Update, which was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees in April 2013. The update reconsiders 2008 master plan projects that were not implemented, examines new projects, and recommends priorities that respond to various challenges facing the college in the future.
Since October 2014, Demonica Kemper Architects (DKA) has worked with college committees to assess the specific programming needs in each facility, ensuring that the buildings will meet end-users’ needs and will be constructed within budget.
The college’s funding strategy for both buildings includes a $45 million bond issue and a $4 capital assessment fee increase, which was approved by trustees in August 2013. For the past 42 years JJC has had a balanced operating budget, and for the tenth year in a row, the college’s financial team was awarded the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
The Multipurpose Center, which will be constructed on the southwest side of Main Campus adjacent to the athletic fields, will feature:
– Two levels
– Two basketball courts
– Configuration options for competition basketball and volleyball tournaments
– Portable batting cages
– Three-lane indoor track
– Bleachers and seating (to accommodate both athletic competitions and graduation ceremonies)
– Athletic staff office spaces
– Presentation room
– Conditioning space
The Romeoville Campus Expansion will feature:
– Two levels
– Student services
– Space for campus police
– Faculty and adjunct offices
The Romeoville Expansion will serve as the campus’ new front door, much like the Campus Center does now on the Main Campus. The current Romeoville Campus was built in 1993, and in the last 10 years, enrollment at Romeoville has grown 45 percent with current enrollment topping out at 4,000 students.
Estimated groundbreaking for both facilities is anticipated for Fall 2015. Both facilities are anticipated to be completed in 2017.