More than one hundred people, including students, community members, local legislators and college employees attended Joliet Junior College’s groundbreaking ceremony for its Multipurpose Facility on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Speakers at the event included JJC President Dr. Debra Daniels, Trustee Mike O’Connell, DKA Architect Dominic Demonica, JJC Athletic Director Wayne King, JJC All-American student athlete Tom Jeffries, and Congressman Bill Foster.
“A fieldhouse has not only been in our recent master plan, but actually began when I came to school here in the fall of 1969,” said JJC Trustee Mike O’Connell, speaking on behalf of the Board of Trustees. “This project is one of the final pieces of the puzzle for Main Campus.”
Longtime JJC Athletic Director Wayne L. King, Jr. also expressed his enthusiasm for the facility getting underway.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for 30 years,” he said. “It’s something that is really going to develop our athletic program and our athletes.”
Speaking on behalf of student athletes, All-American student athlete Tom Jeffries, said that he hoped the new building would benefit both future students and community members.
“I have no doubt this facility will make the college even more attractive to new recruits,” he said.
Elected officials who attended included Congressman Bill Foster; Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk; Mike Fricilone, Will County Board; Dan Gould, Will County Board; and Terry Morris, Councilman City of Joliet.
The new building, which is scheduled for completion in 2017 and 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
For more information on JJC’s Master Plan, please visit www.jjc.edu/master-plan/Pages/default.aspx.