Enhanced Facilities Benefit Community
Major renovation and expansion projects under way at three landmark campus buildings are symbolic not only of the College’s commitment to teaching and learning, but also to the wants and needs of the community.
Culminating in early 2014 with sparkling new facilities for the McAninch Arts Center (MAC), the Physical Education Center (PEC), and the Library and Student Resource Center (SRC), the improvements will afford exciting new opportunities for culture, recreation and social engagement.
“Our goal is to take College of DuPage to the next level of performance and service to our community,” said Bruce Schmiedl, director of facilities.
More than 1.5 million people have enjoyed live performances at the McAninch Arts Center since it opened in 1986. The MAC renovation, on track for a spring 2014 reopening, will upgrade and expand most of the performance, academic and administrative areas, and add a new venue to the building’s west side: the Cleve Carney Art Space, which will showcase work by regional and national contemporary artists.
Mainstage Theatre improvements include new seating and wall treatments, acoustic enhancements, and a new concession and bar area in the lobby.
Outside, the MAC front entrance will sport a new canopy and clear glass panels to give it a visual consistency with other campus buildings, and in back, a new outdoor amphitheater with tiered lawn seating for 1,000.
“The McAninch Arts Center has always been a community jewel,” said MAC Director Stephen Cummins. “Once the renovations are completed, this facility will be a showplace for many years to come, and the first choice for arts and cultural events, as well as for creative arts education.”
Physical Education Center
Much-needed renovations to the 30-year-old Physical Education Center will transform the building to better serve its academic, athletic, fitness and community rental functions.
“The flow of the building will change dramatically, with a new south entrance and a more energetic academic and recreational environment,” said David Giuffre, senior project manager of facilities operations.
As part of a one-story addition to the PEC, an 11,000-square-foot fitness area will house new exercise equipment, stretching and cardio spaces, and new monitors and sound system throughout.
“It will really be a progressive, new fitness center,” Giuffre said.
The floor and track inside the 40,000-square-foot arena will be resurfaced, and the existing lap pool will be upgraded for competitive swimming events, as well as community use. Athletic teams will benefit from the addition of new locker rooms and a physical therapy area.
“We’re excited about the new additions,” said Paul Zakowski, director of athletics. “This gives our athletes better access to the areas they use, while the community and students will have improved access to the facilities they use.”
Library renovations, part of ongoing improvements to the Student Resource Center, will meet the information and learning needs of the nearly 45,000 library card holders who make more than 800,000 visits annually. The Library’s top floor is scheduled for completion in May 2013, followed immediately by main floor renovations that will be finished in spring 2014.
“Significant upgrades in infrastructure, technology and furnishings will allow the Library to continue its strong tradition of outstanding service to the community,” said Lisa Stock, dean of Learning Resources. “It will create a flexible, technology-enriched environment as well as better connectivity to the Berg Instructional Center and Academic Computing Center.”
Along with upgraded service, study and collaborative spaces, a new Multipurpose Room will provide an additional area for programming events of interest to students and community members, and two new computer classrooms will directly access SRC 2000 conference facilities.
“The new Library spaces will be aesthetically pleasing and provide avenues for excellent customer service and flexibility to accommodate the changing needs of all patrons,” Stock said.
Check it Out: Library Cards
District 502 residents who are 18 or older may obtain a College of DuPage Library card. Present proof of residency, age and a photo ID at the Library Circulation Services desk to obtain a card. You may also apply online for a temporary Library card: cod.edu/library.
Get Fit: Fitness Center Memberships
Fitness Center memberships are available by mail or in person. A variety of plans are offered to meet your needs. Physical Education offices and facilities are located in the Open Campus Center (OCC) on the west side of campus while the Physical Education Center undergoes renovation. See cod.edu/athletics/pe_center or call (630) 942-2364.
Now Playing: McAninch Arts Center Information
For the latest information on MAC performances, events, venues and tickets, go to AtTheMAC.org.
At top: MAC rendering courtesy of Wight & Company
Physical Education Center rendering courtesy of Legat Architects
Library rendering courtesy of Loebl Schlossman & Hackl
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