SUSCC begins renovation project on Opelika campus | News
OPELIKA, AL (WTVM)- The new year will bring a new look to Southern Union State Community College's Opelika campus.
As part of its long-range plan, the college began a three-phase campus renovation project Monday.
The first phase of the project began with the construction of a new parking lot and the revamping of the campus walking trail.
With the enrollment of nearly 4,200 students on the Opelika campus, parking has been a concern of both students and administrators and the plan will add 764 additional spaces.
Two new entrances to the campus will also be constructed to alleviate traffic on US Highway 431.
Plans have been in the works for four years and the $32 million project will not cost students a penny.
"Some colleges have fees that are passed on to students that are for building projects specifically and are only charged till that project is paid for, but we're not asking for any increases in fees for our students," said Dr. Amelia Peason, SUSCC President.
Phase two of the campus improvement project will feature construction of two new buildings. A new center for integrated manufacturing and a business and technology center fulfilling the need for more classrooms and computer labs.
The final aspect of the project will be the creation of a pedestrian area that will tie all the improvements together.
Phase one is expected to be done August 1 of this year with a deadline for the entire project in 2015.
Coming up on the News at 11 hear more about the college's plans and how one of the new buildings will house a storm shelter that will benefit the entire community.
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