Joliet Junior College ¬†continues to see progress on its three current Master Plan building projects, which remain on budget and on schedule. When completed, the City Center Campus and Romeoville Expansion will address the needs of additional and modern learning spaces at the college‚Äôs second and third largest locations; and the Events Center will provide much-needed athletic facilities and event space on the Main Campus.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre pleased to report that construction of our three major master plan buildings is continuing on schedule and within budget,‚ÄĚ said Interim JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell. ‚ÄúJJC has served our community for 115 years, and projects such as these support the vision and planning that will allow JJC to serve our community for the next 115 years.‚ÄĚ
City Center Campus
The six-story, 96,000 square-foot City Center Campus, located at the corner of Chicago and Webster Streets in downtown Joliet, will house the following programs when completed: workforce development, GED/ESL training, adult education and culinary arts. The exterior of the building was completed in spring 2014, and it is scheduled to open in early 2017. This project has been funded through a combination of¬†money received from other master plan projects that came in under budget, a successful 2008 referendum, and interest earned on bonds.
Interior work in the City Center Campus since the beginning of this year has included:
Sprinkler piping, ACT ceilings, painting, BAS system installation, HVAC install on the sixth floor;¬†mud/tape/sanding and painting, electrical rough, fire alarm rough, and wall framing on the fourth and fifth floors; wall framing, electrical rough, and grease duct installation on the third floor; plumbing rough, electrical rough, mechanical rough, and grease duct installation on the second floor.
Over the last 10 years, enrollment at Romeoville has grown 45 percent with current enrollment topping out at 4,000 students. The college’s master plan calls for additional space for academic programs and student development services to respond to this growth. The 50,028 square-foot expansion, slated to be open for fall 2017 classes, will include space for: student services, bookstore, cafeteria, classrooms, laboratories, space for campus police, and faculty and adjunct offices. The Romeoville Campus Expansion is funded by bonds issued in 2013 as well as a student fee that went into effect in fall 2014.
As of April 2016, the work completed includes: 98% of Site utilities, 98% of plumbing and HVAC underground work, anchor bolts have been surveyed and ¬†structural steel for northwest half is in fabrication.
Work in progress includes steel detailing, steel decking, underground electric work for parking lot poles, parking lot grading, and steel erection for the northwest half of the building.
The Events Center, which is being constructed on the southwest side of Main Campus adjacent to the athletic fields, will feature: 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 and conditioning space. The 85,223 square-foot facility is slated to be ready for the 2017 semester, and is funded by bonds issued in 2013 in addition to a student fee that went into effect in fall 2014.
In early April, the most significant visual progress on the Events Center was the installation of the precast cement walls. A total of 88 precast panels were installed, with a weight range between 45,000 and 48,000 pounds.
For more information about the JJC Master Plan, visit¬†www.jjc.edu/master-plan/Pages/default.aspx.